obstruction, and if so, whether it is reversible with a bronchodilator. It is mandatory to diagnose and
characterize asthma severity.
1. At the initial visit
2. After treatment is initiated, and symptoms and peak expiratory flow have stabilized, to
document attainment of (near) "normal" airway function
3. At least once yearly to assess maintenance of airway function, regardless of medication (changes).
4. To evaluate the response to a change in therapy.
PRICK/ SCRATCH TESTING
convenient and specific method for detecting IgE antibodies. This test is done on the surface of the skin. A tiny
amount of allergen is scratched across or lightly pricked into the skin. If you have an allergy, the specific
allergens that you are allergic to will cause a chain reaction to begin in your body.