Today I want to write about something very important, something that I know and guarantee will help you the asthma sufferer or your suffering asthmatic child. Today I write about a “Peak Flow Meter”. A Peak Flow meter helped me care correctly for my asthmatic daughter, and today she is a grown woman caring for herself, however, she still uses it twice a day!
What is a Peak Flow Meter?
A peak flow meter is a device measuring air flowing out of the lungs, called peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) and is used to measure whether a person’s asthma is under control. This is done by the person with asthma forcefully blowing into the device.
A Peak Flow Meter, when correctly used, can reveal narrowing of the airways well in advance of an asthma attack. You can then take action – this device is paramount and should be incorporated in your asthma management plan (In my opinion)
Used mainly by persons with moderate to severe and persistent asthma, peak flow meters can help determine:
- What is going on in your airways rather than just guessing by the way you feel.
- You can find out if your treatment is having the effect it should on your asthma.
- You will know whether you need to change your treatment.
- Your doctor will be able to see how well you have been.
- What triggers the asthma attack (such as exercise-induced asthma
- When to seek emergency medical care.
You can get them from most good pharmacies or your Respiratory Physician can prescribe one for you.
Peak Flow Meters come in several different makes of and two different types known as low and standard range.
Standard range peak flow meters are suitable for both adults and children.
Low range peak flow meters are designed for adults and children with severely impaired function of the lungs.
It doesn’t really matter who makes it, they all do the same thing and that is measure your expiration rate = “Breath Out” = how hard and quickly you blow air out of your lungs.
If you have a child with Asthma you would need to check with its Respiratory Physician that your child is old enough to use a peak flow meter, as sometimes they can get a bit confused with sucking in their inhaler and blowing into the Peak Flow Meter. On saying that each child is different, and I feel that if a child is say 4-5 years and over, and can understand the difference then a peak flow meter maybe suitable.
If you do have a Peak Flow Meter added to Asthma Plan, you will need to keep an Asthma Diary, and take daily readings, as one reading will not be enough. An asthma Diary is so important, as you can chart each day and see whether you asthma is being properly controlled, also when visiting your Doctor it gives him a more information to help you or your child.
I will not go into detail here about how to use a Peak Flow Meter, as I feel your pharmacist or your physician is the person to teach you CORRECTLY how to use one and take correct readings by using the physical product.
Until Next time,
I wish you and yours the best of Health!
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It is important to note that information contained in this post is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.