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Asthma Lab Tests and health information

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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Description: A CBC or Complete Blood Count with Differential and Platelets test is a blood test that measures many important features of your blood’s red and white blood cells and platelets. A Complete Blood Count can be used to evaluate your overall health and detect a wide variety of conditions such as infection, anemia, and leukemia. It also looks at other important aspects of your blood health such as hemoglobin, which carries oxygen. 

Also Known As: CBC test, Complete Blood Count Test, Total Blood Count Test, CBC with Differential and Platelets test, Hemogram test  

Collection Method: Blood Draw 

Specimen Type: Whole Blood 

Test Preparation: No preparation required 

When is a Complete Blood Count test ordered?  

The complete blood count (CBC) is an extremely common test. When people go to the doctor for a standard checkup or blood work, they often get a CBC. Suppose a person is healthy and their results are within normal ranges. In that case, they may not need another CBC unless their health condition changes, or their healthcare professional believes it is necessary. 

When a person exhibits a variety of signs and symptoms that could be connected to blood cell abnormalities, a CBC may be done. A health practitioner may request a CBC to help diagnose and determine the severity of lethargy or weakness, as well as infection, inflammation, bruises, or bleeding. 

When a person is diagnosed with a disease that affects blood cells, a CBC is frequently done regularly to keep track of their progress. Similarly, if someone is being treated for a blood condition, a CBC may be performed on a regular basis to see if the treatment is working. 

Chemotherapy, for example, can influence the generation of cells in the bone marrow. Some drugs can lower WBC counts in the long run. To monitor various medication regimens, a CBC may be required on a regular basis. 

What does a Complete Blood Count test check for? 

The complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test that determines the number of cells in circulation. White blood cells (WBCs), red blood cells (RBCs), and platelets (PLTs) are three types of cells suspended in a fluid called plasma. They are largely created and matured in the bone marrow and are released into the bloodstream when needed under normal circumstances. 

A CBC is mainly performed with an automated machine that measures a variety of factors, including the number of cells present in a person's blood sample. The findings of a CBC can reveal not only the quantity of different cell types but also the physical properties of some of the cells. 

Significant differences in one or more blood cell populations may suggest the presence of one or more diseases. Other tests are frequently performed to assist in determining the reason for aberrant results. This frequently necessitates visual confirmation via a microscope examination of a blood smear. A skilled laboratory technician can assess the appearance and physical features of blood cells, such as size, shape, and color, and note any anomalies. Any extra information is taken note of and communicated to the healthcare provider. This information provides the health care provider with further information about the cause of abnormal CBC results. 

The CBC focuses on three different types of cells: 

WBCs (White Blood Cells) 

The body uses five different types of WBCs, also known as leukocytes, to keep itself healthy and battle infections and other types of harm. The five different leukocytes are eosinophiles, lymphocytes, neutrophiles, basophils, and monocytes. They are found in relatively steady numbers in the blood. Depending on what is going on in the body, these values may momentarily rise or fall. An infection, for example, can cause the body to manufacture more neutrophils in order to combat bacterial infection. The amount of eosinophils in the body may increase as a result of allergies. A viral infection may cause an increase in lymphocyte production. Abnormal (immature or mature) white cells multiply fast in certain illness situations, such as leukemia, raising the WBC count. 

RBCs (Red Blood Cells) 

The bone marrow produces red blood cells, also known as erythrocytes, which are transferred into the bloodstream after maturing. Hemoglobin, a protein that distributes oxygen throughout the body, is found in these cells. Because RBCs have a 120-day lifespan, the bone marrow must constantly manufacture new RBCs to replace those that have aged and disintegrated or have been lost due to hemorrhage. A variety of diseases, including those that cause severe bleeding, can alter the creation of new RBCs and their longevity. 

The CBC measures the number of RBCs and hemoglobin in the blood, as well as the proportion of RBCs in the blood (hematocrit), and if the RBC population appears to be normal. RBCs are generally homogeneous in size and shape, with only minor differences; however, considerable variances can arise in illnesses including vitamin B12 and folate inadequacy, iron deficiency, and a range of other ailments. Anemia occurs when the concentration of red blood cells and/or the amount of hemoglobin in the blood falls below normal, resulting in symptoms such as weariness and weakness. In a far smaller percentage of cases, there may be an excess of RBCs in the blood (erythrocytosis or polycythemia). This might obstruct the flow of blood through the tiny veins and arteries in extreme circumstances. 

Platelets 

Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, are small cell fragments that aid in the regular clotting of blood. A person with insufficient platelets is more likely to experience excessive bleeding and bruises. Excess platelets can induce excessive clotting or excessive bleeding if the platelets are not operating properly. The platelet count and size are determined by the CBC. 

Lab tests often ordered with a Complete Blood Count test: 

  • Reticulocytes
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity
  • Basic Metabolic Panel
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • Lipid Panel
  • Vitamin B12 and Folate
  • Prothrombin with INR and Partial Thromboplastin Times
  • Sed Rate (ESR)
  • C-Reactive Protein
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Von Willebrand Factor Antigen

Conditions where a Complete Blood Count test is recommended: 

  • Anemia
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Vitamin B12 and Folate Deficiency
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Heart Disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Leukemia
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Inflammation
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Mononucleosis

Commonly Asked Questions: 

How does my health care provider use a Complete Blood Count test? 

The complete blood count (CBC) is a common, comprehensive screening test used to measure a person's overall health status.  

What do my Complete Blood Count results mean? 

A low Red Blood Cell Count, also known as anemia, could be due many different causes such as chronic bleeding, a bone marrow disorder, and nutritional deficiency just to name a few. A high Red Blood Cell Count, also known as polycythemia, could be due to several conditions including lung disease, dehydration, and smoking. Both Hemoglobin and Hematocrit tend to reflect Red Blood Cell Count results, so if your Red Blood Cell Count is low, your Hematocrit and Hemoglobin will likely also be low. Results should be discussed with your health care provider who can provide interpretation of your results and determine the appropriate next steps or lab tests to further investigate your health. 

What do my Differential results mean? 

A low White Blood Cell count or low WBC count, also known as leukopenia, could be due to a number of different disorders including autoimmune issues, severe infection, and lymphoma. A high White Blood Cell count, or high WBC count, also known as leukocytosis, can also be due to many different disorders including infection, leukemia, and inflammation. Abnormal levels in your White Blood Cell Count will be reflected in one or more of your different white blood cells. Knowing which white blood cell types are affected will help your healthcare provider narrow down the issue. Results should be discussed with your health care provider who can provide interpretation of your results and determine the appropriate next steps or lab tests to further investigate your health. 

What do my Platelet results mean? 

A low Platelet Count, also known as thrombocytopenia, could be due to a number of different disorders including autoimmune issues, viral infection, and leukemia. A high Platelet Count, also known as Thrombocytosis, can also be due to many different disorders including cancer, iron deficiency, and rheumatoid arthritis. Results should be discussed with your health care provider who can provide interpretation of your results and determine the appropriate next steps or lab tests to further investigate your health. 

NOTE: Only measurable biomarkers will be reported. Certain biomarkers do not appear in healthy individuals. 

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

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

Description: A Comprehensive Metabolic Panel or CMP is a blood test that is a combination of a Basic Metabolic Panel, a Liver Panel, and electrolyte panel, and is used to screen for, diagnose, and monitor a variety of conditions and diseases such as liver disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. 

Also Known As: CMP, Chem, Chem-14, Chem-12, Chem-21, Chemistry Panel, Chem Panel, Chem Screen, Chemistry Screen, SMA 12, SMA 20, SMA 21, SMAC, Chem test

Collection Method: 

Blood Draw 

Specimen Type: 

Serum 

Test Preparation: 

9-12 hours fasting is preferred. 

When is a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel test ordered:  

A CMP is frequently requested as part of a lab test for a medical evaluation or yearly physical. A CMP test consists of many different tests that give healthcare providers a range of information about your health, including liver and kidney function, electrolyte balance, and blood sugar levels. To confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis, abnormal test results are frequently followed up with other tests that provide a more in depth or targeted analysis of key areas that need investigating. 

What does a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel blood test check for? 

The complete metabolic panel (CMP) is a set of 20 tests that provides critical information to a healthcare professional about a person's current metabolic status, check for liver or kidney disease, electrolyte and acid/base balance, and blood glucose and blood protein levels. Abnormal results, particularly when they are combined, can suggest a problem that needs to be addressed. 

The following tests are included in the CMP: 

  • Albumin: this is a measure of Albumin levels in your blood. Albumin is a protein made by the liver that is responsible for many vital roles including transporting nutrients throughout the body and preventing fluid from leaking out of blood vessels. 

  • Albumin/Globulin Ratio: this is a ratio between your total Albumin and Globulin  

  • Alkaline Phosphatase: this is a measure of Alkaline phosphatase or ALP in your blood. Alkaline phosphatase is a protein found in all body tissues, however the ALP found in blood comes from the liver and bones. Elevated levels are often associated with liver damage, gallbladder disease, or bone disorder. 

  • Alt: this is a measure of Alanine transaminase or ALT in your blood. Alanine Aminotransferase is an enzyme found in the highest amounts in the liver with small amounts in the heart and muscles. Elevated levels are often associated with liver damage. 

  • AST: this is a measure of Aspartate Aminotransferase or AST. Aspartate Aminotransferase is an enzyme found mostly in the heart and liver, with smaller amounts in the kidney and muscles. Elevated levels are often associated with liver damage. 

  • Bilirubin, Total: this is a measure of bilirubin in your blood. Bilirubin is an orange-yellowish waste product produced from the breakdown of heme which is a component of hemoglobin found in red blood cells. The liver is responsible for removal of bilirubin from the body. 

  • Bun/Creatinine Ratio: this is a ratio between your Urea Nitrogen (BUN) result and Creatinine result.  

  • Calcium: this is a measurement of calcium in your blood. Calcium is the most abundant and one of the most important minerals in the body as it essential for proper nerve, muscle, and heart function. 

  • Calcium: is used for blood clot formation and the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth. 

  • Carbon Dioxide: this is a measure of carbon dioxide in your blood. Carbon dioxide is a negatively charged electrolyte that works with other electrolytes such as chloride, potassium, and sodium to regulate the body’s acid-base balance and fluid levels.  

  • Chloride: this is a measure of Chloride in your blood. Chloride is a negatively charged electrolyte that works with other electrolytes such as potassium and sodium to regulate the body’s acid-base balance and fluid levels. 

  • Creatinine: this is a measure of Creatinine levels in your blood. Creatinine is created from the breakdown of creatine in your muscles and is removed from your body by the kidneys. Elevated creatinine levels are often associated with kidney damage. 

  • Egfr African American: this is a measure of how well your kidneys are functioning. Glomeruli are tiny filters in your kidneys that filter out waste products from your blood for removal while retaining important substances such as nutrients and blood cells. 

  • Egfr Non-Afr. American: this is a measure of how well your kidneys are functioning. Glomeruli are tiny filters in your kidneys that filter out waste products from your blood for removal while retaining important substances such as nutrients and blood cells. 

  • Globulin: this is a measure of all blood proteins in your blood that are not albumin. 

  • Glucose: this is a measure of glucose in your blood. Glucose is created from the breakdown of carbohydrates during digestion and is the body’s primary source of energy. 

  • Potassium: this is a measure of Potassium in your blood. Potassium is an electrolyte that plays a vital role in cell metabolism, nerve and muscle function, and transport of nutrients into cells and removal of wastes products out of cells. 

  • Protein, Total: this is a measure of total protein levels in your blood. 
    Sodium: this is a measure of Sodium in your blood. Sodium is an electrolyte that plays a vital role in nerve and muscle function. 

  • Urea Nitrogen (Bun): this is a measure of Urea Nitrogen in your blood, also known as Blood UreaNitrogen (BUN). Urea is a waste product created in the liver when proteins are broken down into amino acids. Elevated levels are often associated with kidney damage. 

Lab tests often ordered with a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel test: 

  • Complete Blood Count with Differential and Platelets
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity
  • Lipid Panel
  • Vitamin B12 and Folate
  • Prothrombin with INR and Partial Thromboplastin Times
  • Sed Rate (ESR)
  • C-Reactive Protein

Conditions where a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel test is recommended: 

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Hypertension

Commonly Asked Questions: 

How does my health care provider use a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel test? 

The comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is a broad screening tool for assessing organ function and detecting diseases like diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease. The CMP test may also be requested to monitor known disorders such as hypertension and to check for any renal or liver-related side effects in persons taking specific drugs. If a health practitioner wants to follow two or more separate CMP components, the full CMP might be ordered because it contains more information. 

What do my Comprehensive Metabolic Panel test results mean? 

The results of the tests included in the CMP are usually analyzed together to look for patterns. A single abnormal test result may indicate something different than a series of abnormal test findings. A high result on one of the liver enzyme tests, for example, is not the same as a high result on several liver enzyme tests. 

Several sets of CMPs, frequently performed on various days, may be examined to gain insights into the underlying disease and response to treatment, especially in hospitalized patients. 

Out-of-range findings for any of the CMP tests can be caused by a variety of illnesses, including kidney failure, breathing issues, and diabetes-related complications, to name a few. If any of the results are abnormal, one or more follow-up tests are usually ordered to help determine the reason and/or establish a diagnosis. 

Is there anything else I should know? 

A wide range of prescription and over-the-counter medications can have an impact on the results of the CMP's components. Any medications you're taking should be disclosed to your healthcare professional. Similarly, it is critical to provide a thorough history because many other circumstances can influence how your results are interpreted. 

What's the difference between the CMP and the BMP tests, and why would my doctor choose one over the other? 

The CMP consists of 14 tests, while the basic metabolic panel (BMP) is a subset of those with eight tests. The liver (ALP, ALT, AST, and bilirubin) and protein (albumin and total protein) tests are not included. If a healthcare provider wants a more thorough picture of a person's organ function or to check for specific illnesses like diabetes or liver or kidney disease, he or she may prescribe a CMP rather than a BMP. 

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

Please note the following regarding BUN/Creatinine ratio: 

The lab does not report the calculation for the BUN/Creatinine Ratio unless one or both biomarkers’ results fall out of the published range. 

If you still wish to see the value, it's easy to calculate. Simply take your Urea Nitrogen (BUN) result and divide it by your Creatinine result.  

As an example, if your Urea Nitrogen result is 11 and your Creatinine result is 0.86, then you would divide 11 by 0.86 and get a BUN/Creatinine Ratio result of 12.79. 


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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.