Monitoring Your Asthma Symptoms
very important to track your asthma symptoms. Then you can take action if there is
There are 2 ways to track your
symptoms. Some people use a peak flow meter. The peak flow meter measures how well
is moving in your lungs. And some people keep track of small changes in their symptoms.
They write them down every day. Your healthcare provider will help you figure out
way is best for you by developing an Asthma Action Plan. He or she will also tell
what to do if your symptoms get worse.
If you have a flare-up or asthma
attack, always refer to your Asthma Action Plan. If you don't have an Asthma Action
Plan, talk with your healthcare provider. An Asthma Action Plan should be updated
year or when your treatment changes.
use a peak flow meter, you should know your personal best reading. You should also
how to use the meter correctly, and how often you should measure your peak flow.
Using your peak flow
Here are the steps to follow:
To start, stand or sit up straight. Use
the same position every time.
Hold the meter and move the marker to 0 or
to the lowest number.
Breathe in as deeply as you can.
Place your lips tightly around the
mouthpiece of the meter. Make sure to keep your tongue away from the
Blow 1 time as hard and fast as you
Write down the number next to the marker
every time you use the meter.