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.
It wouldn't hurt. The more information you have at your disposal the better understanding and management you and your pcp will have.
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?
More data. To give a better estimate, you will need your height, and you can look at this table: http://www.Sh.Lsuhsc.Edu/fammed/outpatientmanual/peakflowtables.Htm. To improve your capacity, exercise is good, particularly cardio. If you have a hard time running or similar, try swimming. It is a great exercise for people with asthma. Read more...
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...