Clinical update

NICE guidance on asthma diagnosis and management

New tests to help diagnose asthma and a change in how to offer medicines are recommended in guidance from NICE that differs from some established guidelines
Asthma

New tests to help diagnose asthma and a change in how to offer medicines are recommended in guidance from NICE that differs from some established guidelines

Essential facts

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory respiratory disease. It can affect people of any age, but often starts in childhood. Asthma can change throughout a person’s life, across the year and from day to day. In the UK about 5.4million people are on treatment for the condition.

What’s new?

New tests to help diagnose asthma and a change in how medicines are offered can help people take control of their asthma, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says in updated guidance.

NICE recommends objective tests, which include spirometry and FeNO (which measures nitric oxide), to help achieve more accurate diagnosis of asthma.

A significant change is

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