What are other conditions a doctor might test for in someone with asthma?

There are some medical conditions that might make asthma harder to treat and control. Two of these conditions are sinusitis and gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly called GERD and known as “heartburn.” If you are diagnosed with asthma, your doctor might also test you for these conditions so that they can be treated.

Sinusitis, also called sinus infection, is an inflammation or swelling of the sinuses due to infection. When the sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, bacteria grow, causing infection and inflammation. Your doctor might order a special X-ray, called a CT scan, to evaluate your sinuses if he or she suspects an infection. Once acute sinusitis is diagnosed, you will be treated with antibiotics for at least 10 to 12 days.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/10/2013.

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