Dennis K. Ledford; Richard F. Lockey


Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013;13(1):78-86. 

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Asthma is a common condition that is very responsive to appropriate therapy. Confirmation of the diagnosis by history, physical examination, and spirometry with a flow volume loop is essential, as the symptoms of asthma are common in many other conditions. Recognizing the comorbidities will facilitate reaching the goal of asthma control, avoid the complications of adverse effects that arise from the other conditions, and limit the side-effects of inappropriate doses of therapeutics such as systemic corticosteroids. Asthma comorbidities require physicians to approach each patient with the perspective of a generalist.