Asthma

Do you have asthma? Are you concerned about your symptoms?

Order your asthma blood tests from Ulta Lab Tests to measure the level of eosinophils that can cause asthma and to rule out allergies and other respiratory illnesses.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung condition. 

The inflammation causes coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. 

Allergens like pollen or pet dander, exertion, or cold weather can cause asthma episodes. 

Asthma testing is important to monitor your condition and identify what triggers your symptoms and their severity. This will help you avoid future attacks and better manage your condition. Testing will also reveal if their symptoms are due to allergies or another respiratory issue like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Ensure you can identify the condition so you can treat it with the appropriate medications and therapies. Early identification of respiratory issues is critical, so don't ignore any symptoms! Severe attacks may necessitate hospitalization and treatments not available at home if left untreated. This might result in increased care costs and lost work time due to missed school or workdays due to an attack. Testing can also detect pneumonia infections that require immediate medical attention because they can rapidly worsen! If you detect these illnesses early enough, you can improve your overall health. Quality healthcare without breaking the bank. Test fast and confidently with Ulta Lab Tests. 

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A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia, and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)

NOTE: Only measurable biomarkers will be reported.

Reflex Parameters for Manual Slide Review
  Less than  Greater Than 
WBC  1.5 x 10^3  30.0 x 10^3 
Hemoglobin  7.0 g/dL  19.0 g/dL 
Hematocrit  None  75%
Platelet  100 x 10^3  800 x 10^3 
MCV  70 fL  115 fL 
MCH  22 pg  37 pg 
MCHC  29 g/dL  36.5 g/dL 
RBC  None  8.00 x 10^6 
RDW  None  21.5
Relative Neutrophil %  1% or ABNC <500  None 
Relative Lymphocyte %  1% 70%
Relative Monocyte %  None  25%
Eosinophil  None  35%
Basophil  None  3.50%
     
Platelet  <75 with no flags,
>100 and <130 with platelet clump flag present,
>1000 
Instrument Flags Variant lymphs, blasts,
immature neutrophils,  nRBC’s, abnormal platelets,
giant platelets, potential interference
     
The automated differential averages 6000+ cells. If none of the above parameters are met, the results are released without manual review.
CBC Reflex Pathway

Step 1 - The slide review is performed by qualified Laboratory staff and includes:

  • Confirmation of differential percentages
  • WBC and platelet estimates, when needed
  • Full review of RBC morphology
  • Comments for toxic changes, RBC inclusions, abnormal lymphs, and other
  • significant findings
  • If the differential percentages agree with the automated counts and no abnormal cells are seen, the automated differential is reported with appropriate comments

Step 2 - The slide review is performed by qualified Laboratory staff and includes: If any of the following are seen on the slide review, Laboratory staff will perform a manual differential:

  • Immature, abnormal, or toxic cells
  • nRBC’s
  • Disagreement with automated differential
  • Atypical/abnormal RBC morphology
  • Any RBC inclusions

Step 3 If any of the following are seen on the manual differential, a Pathologist will review the slide:

  • WBC<1,500 with abnormal cells noted
  • Blasts/immature cells, hairy cell lymphs, or megakaryocytes
  • New abnormal lymphocytes or monocytes
  • Variant or atypical lymphs >15%
  • Blood parasites
  • RBC morphology with 3+ spherocytes, RBC inclusions, suspect Hgb-C,
  • crystals, Pappenheimer bodies or bizarre morphology
  • nRBC’s

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel


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For diagnosis of allergic disease. A normal IgE level does not exclude the possible presence of an allergic disorder.

Tuberculosis is a communicable disease caused by infection with M. tuberculosis complex. Infection results in either acute disease or Latent TB Infection (LTBI), a non-communicable asymptomatic condition. The main purpose of diagnosing the latent stage is to consider medical treatment for preventing overt disease. Until recently, the tuberculin skin test was the only available method for diagnosing LTBI.

QuantiFERON®-TB gold eliminates false positive skin test due to BCG vaccination and most Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) and is an objective, reproducible qualitative test. There are no side effects or adverse reactions due to patient hypersensitivity, and no "booster effect", whereby the first test induces a false positive response on re-testing. There is no need for follow-up patient visits to obtain test results.

The TB blood test has several advantages over a skin test.  Blood testing requires only one visit to the lab while skin testing requires multiple visits to a doctor's office.  Blood testing for Tuberculosis is typically more accurate than a skin test.  Skin testing has a higher likelihood of false positive results, especially if a person has been previously vaccinated for TB. 

 


Theophylline is used in the treatment of bronchial asthma as well as in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and episodes of prolonged apnea in pre-term infants. Theophylline levels are monitored to assure adequate therapeutic levels are achieved and to avoid toxicity.


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:

Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6)  Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) (g2) Birch (Betula verrucosa) (t3) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (Hormodendrum) (m2) Cockroach (i6) Common ragweed (short) (Ambrosia elatior) (w1) Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) (t14) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1)
Dog dander (e5) Elm (Ulmus americana) (t8) Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense) (g10) Maple (box elder) (Acer negindo) (t1) Mountain cedar (Juniperus sabinoides) (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Mulberry (t70)
Oak (Quercus alba) (t7)  Pecan/Hickory (Carya pecan) (t22) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) (w14) Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) (w18) Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) (g6)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:Alternaria lternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bahia grass (g17) Bermuda grass (g2) Birch (t3) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (m2) Cockroach (i6) Common ragweed (short) (w1) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e2) Elm (t8) Maple (box elder) (t1) Mountain cedar (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Nettle (w20) Oak (t7) Pecan/Hickory (t22) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough pigweed (W14) Sheep sorrel (w18) Timothy grass (g6)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Asperigillus fumigatus (m3) Australian pine (Causarina equisetifolia) (t73) Bahia grass (Paspalum notatum) (g17) Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) (g2) Blomia tropicalis (d201)* Cat dander (e1)  Cladosporium herbarum (m2) Cockroach (i6)  Common ragweed (short; Ambrosia elatior) (w1) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e5) Elm (Ulmus americana) (t8) Maple (box elder; Acer negindo) (t1) Mountain cedar (Juniperus sabinoides) (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Nettle (Urtica dioica) (w20) Oak (Quercus alba) (t7) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) (w14) Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) (w18) Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) (g6)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:

 Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6)  Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (g2) Birch (t3) 
Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (m2) 
Cockroach (i6) Common ragweed (short) (w1) 
Cottonwood (t14) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) 
Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e5) Elm (t8) Maple (box elder) (t1) Mountain Cedar (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Oak (t7) 
Pecan/Hickory (t22)  Penicillium notatum (m1)  Rough pigweed (w14)  Russian Thistle (w11)  Sheep sorrel (w18) Sycamore (t11) Timothy grass (g6) Walnut tree (t10) White ash (t15) White mulberry (t70) 


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:

 Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) (g2) Birch (Betual verrucosa (t3) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (m2) 
Cockroach (i6) Common ragweed (short) (w1) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2)  Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e5) Elm (Ulmus americana) (t8) Maple (box elder, Acer negindo) (t1) Mountain Cedar (Juniperus sabinoides) (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Mulberry (t70) Oak (Quercus alba) (t7) Pecan/Hickory (t22) Penicillum notatum (m1)
Rough marsh elder (Iva) (w16) Rough pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) (w14) Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) (g6) Walnut (t10)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:
Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) (g2) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (Hormodendrum) (m2)
Cockroach (i6) Common Ragweed (short) (w1) Cottonwood (Populous deltoides) (t14) Dermatophagoides  farinae (d2)  Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e5)  Elm (t8) Maple (box elder) (t1) Maple leaf sycamore, London Plane (t11) Mountain cedar (Juniperus sabinoides) (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Mulberry (t70) Oak (t7) Pecan/Hickory (Carya soecue, pecan) (t22) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough marsh elder (Iva) (w16) Rough pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) (w14) Russian thistle (Saltwort, Salsola kali) (w11) Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) (g6) Walnut (Juglans californica) (t10) White ash (Fraxinus americana) (t15)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:


Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) (g2) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (Hormodendrum) (m2) Cockroach (i6) Common Ragweed (short) (w1) Cottonwood (Populous deltoides) (t14) Dermatophagoides  farinae (d2)  Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e5) Elm (t8) Maple (box elder) (t1) Maple leaf sycamore, London Plane (t11) Mountain cedar (Juniperus sabinoides) (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Mulberry (t70) Oak (t7) Pecan/Hickory (Carya soecue, pecan) (t22) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough marsh elder (Iva) (w16) Rough pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) (w14) Russian thistle (Saltwort, Salsola kali) (w11) Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) (g6) Walnut (Juglans californica) (t10) White ash (Fraxinus americana) (t15)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:

 Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (g2) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (m2) Cockroach (i6)  Common ragweed (short) (w1) Cottonwood (t14) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e5) Elm (t8) Maple (box elder) (t1) Mountain cedar (Juniperus sabinoides) (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Mulberry (t70) Nettle (Urtica dioica) (w20)
Oak (t7) Penicillium notatum (m1) Russian thistle (prickly saltwort) (w11) Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) (w18) Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) (g6) White ash (Fraxinus americana) (t15)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:


Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (g2) Birch (t3)
Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (m2) Cockroach (i6) Common ragweed (short) (w1) Cottonwood (t14) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1)
Dog dander (e5) Elm (t8) Maple (box elder) (t1) Mountain cedar (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Nettle (w20) Oak (t7) Pecan/Hickory (t22)
Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough marsh elder (w16) Rough pigweed (w14) Sheep sorrel (w18)
Timothy grass (g6) White ash (t15) White mulberry (t70) 


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:

Alder (t2) Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (g2) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (m2)
Cockroach (i6) Common ragweed (short) (w1)
Cottonwood (t14) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2)  Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e2) Elm (t8) Maple (box elder) (t1) Mountain cedar (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Mugwort (sagebrush) (w6) Oak (t7) Olive (t9) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough pigweed (w14) Russian Thistle (saltwort) (w11) Sheep sorrel (w18) Timothy grass (g6) White mulberry (t70)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:
Alder (t2) Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (g2) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (m2) Cockroach (i6) Common ragweed (short) (w1) Cottonwood (t14) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1)  Dog dander (e2) Elm (t8) Maple (box elder) (t1) Mountain cedar (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Mugwort (sagebrush) (w6)
Oak (t7) Olive (t9)  Penicillium notatum (m1)
Rough pigweed (w14) Russian Thistle (saltwort) (w11)  Sheep sorrel (w18) Timothy grass (g6) White mulberry (t70)


Tests for Allergens Includes IgE allergy testing for: 
Alder (t2) Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (g2) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (m2)
Cocroach (i6) Common ragweed (short) (w1)
Cottonwood (t14) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e2) Elm (t8) Johnson grass (g10) Mountain cedar (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Mugwort (sagebrush) (w6) Mulberry (t70) Oak (t7) Olive (t9) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough pigweed (w14)
Russian Thistle (prickly saltwort) (w11)
Timoth grass (g6)
Walnut tree (t10)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:


Alder (Alnus incana) (t2) Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) (g2) Birch (Betula verrucosa) (t3) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (Hormodendrum) (m2) Cockroach (i6) Common ragweed (short) (Ambrosia elatior) (w1) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e2) Elm (Ulmus americana) (t8) Mountain cedar (Juniperus sabinoides) (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72)  Mugwort (sagebrush) (Artemisia vulgaris) (w6) Oak (Quercus alba) (t7) Olive (Olea europa) (t9) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) (w14) Russian thistle (prickly saltwort; Salsola kali) (w11) Sycamore (Plantanus acerfolia) (t11) Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) (g6) White mulberry (Morus species) (t70)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:


Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Bermuda grass (g2) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (m2) Cockroach (i6)
Common ragweed (short) (w1) Cottonwood (t14) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e2) Elm (t8) Maple (box elder) (t1) Mountain cedar (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Mugwort (sagebrush) (w6) Oak (t7) Olive (t9) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough pigweed (w14) Russian Thistle (prickly saltwort) (w11) Timothy grass (g6) White Mulberry (t70)


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:


Alder (Alnus incana) (t2) Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Birch (Betula verrucosa) (t3) Cat dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (Hormodendrum) (m2) Cockroach (i6) Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) (t14) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e2) Elm (Ulmus americana) (t8) Maple (box elder; Acer negundo) (t1) Mountain cedar (Juniperus sabinoides) (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Mugwort (sagebrush) (Artemisia vulgaris) (w6) Oak (Quercus alba) (t7) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) (w14) Russian thistle (prickly saltwort; Salsola kali) (w11) Sheep sorrel (dock; Rumex acetosella) (w18) Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) (g6) 


Tests for Allergens 

Includes IgE allergy testing for:


Alder (Alnus incana) (t2) Alternaria alternata (a mold) (m6) Aspergillus fumigatus (m3) Birch (Betula verrucosa) (t3) Cat epithelium and dander (e1) Cladosporium herbarum (Hormodendrum) (m2) Cockroach (i6) Common ragweed (short) (Ambrosia elatior) (w1) Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) (t14) Dermatophagoides farinae (d2) Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (d1) Dog dander (e2) Elm (Ulmus americana) (t8) Maple (box elder; Acer negundo) (t1) Mountain cedar (Juniperus sabinoides) (t6) Mouse Urine Proteins (e72) Nettle (Urtria dioica) (w20) Oak (Quercus alba) (t7) Penicillium notatum (m1) Rough pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) (w14) Sheep sorrel (dock; Rumex acetosella) (w18) Timothy grass (Phleum pratense) (g6) Walnut tree (Juglans californica) (t10) White ash (Fraxinus americana) (t15)



Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the lungs. The bronchi in the lungs constrict due to this condition. Bronchi are the tubes that carry air to the lungs. Air is transported from/to smaller branches of airways known as bronchioles in the bronchi. The walls of the bronchi become inflamed and swell when one has asthma. This narrowing of the airways makes it difficult to breathe – which can lead to breathlessness, coughing, and wheezing. Acute asthma attacks will complicate the situation by constricting the bronchi muscles and producing more mucus. 

When one has acute asthma, the diameter of the bronchi can decrease to the point where very little air can travel in and out. The patient may cough and wheeze and feel a tightness in the chest when this happens. The actual cause of asthma isn’t clear. But the condition can occur at any time and worsen at night or in the morning hours. Severe asthma attacks need immediate medical attention as it can be life-threatening. 

More than 25 million people in the United States have asthma. Over 7 million of the affected people are kids – which makes asthma one of the most common chronic diseases in children. Asthma will affect more boys than girls before puberty. But after puberty, the condition affects more girls. Asthma is prevalent in urban areas compared to rural areas. Asthma is more common among people of African and Hispanic descent than in Caucasians. The condition isn’t curable or preventable at the moment. But you can control the condition to live an active and relatively normal life. 

Causes

Although the exact cause of asthma is unknown, medical experts believe it’s a complex interaction of many factors. The cell lining of the bronchi seems to release inflammatory molecules in response to various triggers in the environment. The triggers or stimulators for asthma attacks can be quite different for each patient. Here are some of these triggers:  

  • Allergens such as pollen, animal hair & cells, dust/spores, food 
  • Stress or strong emotional responses 
  • Exercise 
  • Occupational allergens such as hairdressing products, cleaning agents, smoke, epoxy glues, and chemicals 
  • Medicines such as aspirin and beta-blockers 
  • Exposure to cold air 

Symptoms of The Condition 

The condition is separated into four categories depending on the severity and frequency of the symptoms. The categories are mild intermittent, mild persistent, moderate persistent, and severe persistent. The first category of patients has only occasional episodes and no symptoms during other times. Patients who suffer from severe persistent asthma may need medications several times a day to control the condition. 

Other lung conditions may have similar symptoms to asthma. Emphysema is such a condition that could co-exist or exacerbate asthma. GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease can also trigger or worsen the asthma condition in some patients.  

Tests 

The main goal of initial asthma testing is to diagnose the severity of the condition. Testing is important to separate asthma from other conditions that have similar symptoms. Continued testing will help monitor lung function and asthma control. They will help evaluate and resolve the attack as well as identify and address complications or side effects of the condition. 

Laboratory Tests 

Laboratory testing will rule out conditions that have similar symptoms to asthma. It also helps identify allergens, allergies, and any complications that may occur as a result of the condition. If a person has severe asthma, testing may be ordered to monitor oxygen levels, organ function, and the body’s acid-base balance. Some of the tests include: 

  • Blood testing for sensitivity to allergens – Blood tests that are specific to the allergens suspected of causing asthma. Some of the allergens include dust mites, pet dander, mold, and mildew. These tests will help determine the triggers of asthma. 
  • Blood gases – A blood sample is collected from an artery to evaluate blood oxygen, pH, and carbon dioxide levels. This test will be ordered when a person is having an attack. 
  • CBC or complete blood count – This test will evaluate the blood cells and provide necessary information on inflammation and infection. 
  • CMP or comprehensive metabolic panel – This test will help evaluate organ function. 
  • Theophylline – If a patient is suffering from asthma is taking this drug; the healthcare provider will evaluate the results of general tests, family history, medical history, and risk factors for other diseases. Based on the findings, other laboratory tests are performed, such as: 
  • Tests that rule our cystic fibrosis – Sweat test or trypsin/chymotrypsin 
  • AFB testing – Diagnosing nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) or tuberculosis 
  • Sputum culture – Diagnosing lung infections 
  • Lung biopsy – Diagnose lung cancer 
  • Sputum cytology – This test is ordered to evaluate various cells found in the lungs, such as neutrophils and eosinophils – which are two types of white blood cells. These cells are increased with inflammation in people who are suffering from asthma.