Test for asthma

Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) test

Using the FeNO test to measure the level of nitric oxide in your lungs can give an indication of asthma

What is a FeNO test?

A FeNO test is a quick and easy way to measure swelling in the bronchial tubes (airways) of the lungs.

The test may be done to diagnose asthma, check on chronic cough, or to see how well inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) treatment is working if you have already been diagnosed with asthma.

Need to know

  • What happens during the test? icon plus

    Lung function tests usually take place in a consultation room or lung function laboratory area. 

    • You'll be asked to sit down for the test.
    • You'll be asked to breath in as fully as possible and blow out at a steady pace for about 10 seconds.
    • The test normally takes about 5 minutes.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    No preparation is required before your FeNO test.
  • After the test icon plus

    You'll be able to resume your normal routine immediately following your FeNO test.

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