Despite its benefits, the FENO test is only suitable for some. Some contraindications for the test include:
Recent Respiratory Infections: The FENO test results may be unreliable if you have had a respiratory infection within the past four weeks. Infections can cause an increase in FENO levels, leading to false-positive results.
Current Smokers: Smoking can affect FENO levels, making it difficult to interpret the results accurately. If you smoke, quitting smoking before undergoing a FENO test is essential.
Age: The FENO test may not be reliable for children under five years old, as they may need help performing it correctly.
Severe Airflow Obstruction: If you have severe airflow obstruction, such as in advanced COPD, you may not be able to perform the test correctly, making the results unreliable.
Certain Medications: Some medications, such as oral or inhaled corticosteroids, can affect FENO levels. You must inform your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking before undergoing a FENO test.
The FENO asthma test is a valuable tool for diagnosing asthma, assessing asthma control, monitoring response to treatment, identifying triggers, and predicting asthma exacerbations. However, it is essential to consider the contraindications, such as recent respiratory infections, smoking, age, severe airflow obstruction, and certain medications, before undergoing the test.
If you think a FENO test could benefit you or a loved one in managing asthma, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts. With their extensive experience in pulmonary medicine, they can guide you through the process and help you make an informed decision about your asthma care.
Don’t let asthma hold you back any longer! Take control of your respiratory health with the help of Gwinnett Lung. Schedule your FENO asthma test today. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care, helping you breathe easier and live a healthier life.