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Where Can I Get A Free Peak Flow Meter
By prescription: Peak flow meters are an important part is asthma control. A peak flow meter can be prescribed to you by your doctor. Be sure you know your best reading. Decreases in your peak flow from your best can be a signal that your asthma is not in control and medications need to be adjusted. Your doctor can give you an asthma action plan so that you know what to do if your peak flow is decreased. ...Read more
Having trouble breathing, my peak flow meter for my asthma is ranging between 150 and 200 to get a good breath I have to breathe in so DEEP, and hard?
Go to ER....: It sounds like you are having an acute asthma exacerbation. With this much shortness of breath, you need to get treated ASAP before it gets any worse. Asthma attacks can become life-threatening so you don't want to stay home too long. If you don't have someone to drive you, call 911. While you are waiting for 911, try using your rescue inhaler, if you haven't already. But, get to the ER NOW!!! ...Read more
Diagnosed small airway disease / asthma. On advair diskuz 250/50 and proair hfa. Would it be beneficial to get a finger pulse oximeter and a peak flow meter to track (especially during attacks)?
A peak flow suffices: And it is better to monitor and record ur peak flow readings am and pm, there are variations, night timereadings are bit lower, that would help ur md better direct your treatment and as well would predict if any astham exacrbation would happen hours ahead of time, an asthma action plan planned with ur 1ry md or with ur allergist will help, no need for an oximeter, review all ur meds with ur md. ...Read more
Normal Peak Flow: For a 24 year old 5'2" female normal peak expiratory flow should be 475 L/min. ...Read more
I am a 46yr female a blew uptoo 550 0n a standard range peak flow meter is this good for my age an good peak flow number result.
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How do you properly use a peak flow meter? Tried asking my pharmacist but she wasn't very clear on instructions
Try this for info:
If the site I link to still leaves you uncertain - call your doctor's office for a demo. They should be happy to do that for you. Here's a good site:
http://www. Uptodate. Com/contents/how-to-use-a-peak-flow-meter-beyond-the-basics
again, ask your dr. If you want more. Good luck - take care of yourself. ...Read more
Which brand of a peak flow meter would you recommend? I was thinking Phillips respironics personal best. Is this a good one?
Batman v Superman: Think Batman v Superman. Or Team Cap vs Team Iron Man. There is no single best peak flow meter aside from one that you can afford and are willing to use regularly to monitor asthma. Check out http://goo. Gl/HKnLyW & http://goo. Gl/hTcxBH for more info on peak flow meters. Of course, you could/should bring in your readings plus meter to calibrate w/office meter. Avoid allergens & take meds as directe ...Read more
Just got a peak flow meter. I'm 39 and 5' 5" and my best reading was 430 though usually closer to 370. Does that sound like a normal result?
This varies/ height: Most male adults above 5'6 would average above 450, but these can vary with the meter used. ...Read more
In the future, you can use the following web site to determine this:
http://www. Mdcalc. Com/estimatedexpected-peak-expiratory-flow-peak-flow/ ...Read more
I have asthma and I am weezing on my exhale but when I check my peak flow meter I am in the green zone I don't understand?
I blew uptoo 560 on a small standard range adult peak flow meter iam a 46yr female 5ft4 and 13 stone is this a good effort and reading?
Lung volumes: 500cc should be an adequate exhalation for someone your size. See your doctor for official explanation of your tests. ...Read more
Check these sources:
Your doctor should do this at a visit, for best results, as meters can vary. See these sources for info, including normal values:
http://www. Lung. Org/lung-disease/asthma/living-with-asthma/take-control-of-your-asthma/measuring-your-peak-flow-rate. Html
http://www. Asthma. Partners. Org/applets/peakflowpredicted. Html
http://goo. Gl/uk9yf. ...Read more
Is it better to use predicted value or your best value to calculate the red / yellow / green zones wrt a peak flow meter test?
Kid and adult asthma monitoring.
A good model for a self-management plan is one that is divided into zones and each zone should broadly describe your asthma as: reding in color below
Best value--average reading to reading on peak "flow meter test. ...Read more
Can benzos reduce scores on peak flow meter tests? Had spirometery test which were lower but did not change with asthma medication. Thanks
What exactly?: What type of benzo you are talking about? PFR is mostly used for follow-up and not for diagnostic purpose since it is too effort-dependent. Thus it is not surprising that its findings differ from spirometry which is used for diagnosis as well as follow-up. A significant number of asthma patients do not show PFT improvement from bronchodilator and thus this alone does not rule out asthma. ...Read more
I can blow upto 550 on a standard peak flow meter iam female 46 ex smoker 5ft 4 and 13 stone iam on a diet but is this a good peak flow result effort?
Excellent: This is a perfectly normal number for you. ...Read more
I purchased a peak flow meter to monitor my breathing before and after I exercise because I been having some coughing after running. Is it normal to have a reading of 350 at rest. What should I look for when exercising?
Prob. EIA: You almost surely have something called exercise induced asthma. You are 22. Your peak flow rate should be higher but make sure someone is watching you do it. You may be doing it incorrectly. If you indeed have EIA you can take albuterol inhaler just before running and it should stop the coughing and SOB. See your doc and learn about asthma and its management!! ...Read more
YES: The peak expiratory flow rate (pefr, also known as a peak flow) is the maximal rate that a person can exhale during a short maximal expiratory effort after a full inspiration. In patients with asthma, the pefr percent predicted correlates reasonably well with the percent predicted value for the forced expiratory volume in one second (fev1). Monitoring the pefr is useful for detecting changes or. ...Read more
Had cough a month went to hospital I blew in a peak flow meter then got a neb treatment and tolled me I had asthma how would I know for sure if I do?
Diagnosis...: By definition, asthma is recurrent episodes of bronchospasm so you need more than one episode for the diagnosis to be made. You can also have pulmonary function testing to determine if you have any bronchospasm either at rest or with provocation testing. See your doctor so you can be diagnosed and treated, if you have asthma. ...Read more
Would having a peak flow meter at home help my MD manage my RAD? My only symptom is a horrible cough and some chest tightness. When I have an attack.
Absolutely yes...: You definitely should have a peak flow meter for home use. You should then record your peak flow meter result at least 3 times daily and when you have symptoms. You should record next to the numbers if you were having any symptoms. You can then have a plan in place that if your peak flow drops to a certain number, you should call your doc, go to the ER, etc. Peak flow meters are very helpful!! ...Read more
34y/o female diagnosed 2wks ago w/asthma. Taken 1 singular/day & 1 puff albuterol 2x/day. Should I have tests for allergies? Do I need peak flow meter
Yes and yes: It does not seem that this regimen is enough as you should not be needing albuterol more than 2 times a week. Your maintenance medication needs to be adjusted if your symtpoms persist on singulair (montelukast) daily. See an allergies, find your triggers and get an asthma action plan. ...Read more
I have been coughing for 3 weeks now. The inhalers only provide temporary relief. Its bad mostly in the morning and before I go to bed. My peak flow meter always reads 250 and 290 before and after inhaler. I have a reactive airway disease. Should I see
17 year old male ekg, blood work, peak flow meter, chest X-ray, echo, all normal still have chest discomfort at times short breath, BP 117/80?
Asthma.: It's great that all your testing has been fine, but you may need more specific testing to elucidate the cause of your symptoms. For example, for asthma the peak flow in your baseline state may simply not be accurate enough. The best test for this would be a pulmonary function test with a methacholine challenge. And for the heart (unlikely but possible), stress test better than 2D Echo. ...Read more
Age 33. Diagnosed with asthma / small airway disease. Prescribed advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) 250/50 and proair hfa. Took a peak flow meter test and blew 350 l/min. Is that bad? Recommendations on how to improve?
Don't look: The peak flow rate is based on your height and sex and thus can't tell whether yours is bad or not. The more important point is how much has it changed from your pfr when you not have breathing problem. As suggested by dr pizzo, you should consult an allergist to help manage your problem. There is a chance that the atenolol may adversely impact your asthma. Fev-1 is superior to pfr. ...Read more
17 year old active male run 4/5 mi daily, ekg, echo, chest X-ray, blood work normal peak flow meter normal feel lack of air and chest pain for 3 months?
During exercise?: If symptoms only occur during exercise could be exercise induced asthma, narrowing of airways in lungs triggered by strenuous exercise. It causes shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and discomfort during or after exercise. Treatment can be gotten with medications and certain ways of controlling temperature prior to workouts. ...Read more
Normal peak flow meter test, normal CT of lung, normal chest xray, normal echo, normal pulse ox / blood pressure can this rule out interstitial lung d?
Most likely: The results suggest that you don't have significant cardiopulmonary illness. However if your symptoms persist your doctor should consider other causes including non physical. ...Read more