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Forum Name: Asthma

Question: Will an anti inflammatory effect PFT test for Asthma?

 yellowwheel - Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:47 pm

I took an anti inflammatory Cromolyn Sodium via nebulizer 1 hour before my PFT test. Would that had effected the results? Thank you.
 yellowwheel - Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:36 pm

The test still indicated Asthma.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sun Jul 20, 2008 4:31 pm

User avatar Hi yellowwheel -

Although your PFT turned out positive anyway, the answer generally would be yes, and while one should have a rescue inhaler handy when having a PFT done, it's best if possible to not have anti-inflammatory meds in one's system. Sometimes, however, the doctor will want to do it with the medication on board to see if it is working. Apparently yours wasn't doing the trick. Then again, cromalyn sodium is usually prescribed for nasal allergies and isn't as effective for asthma in most cases.

I hope the asthma is now managed well. Good luck to you.

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