Perhaps you have asthma or maybe your child or a loved one suffers from this disease. It does not matter in which way one encounters it, it is a scary disease. Breathing, something that should be natural, easy, and thoughtless, becomes something that you worry about constantly.
In this article, we will discuss the symptoms, effects and types of asthma, as well as how a Smart Peak Flow Meter can benefit those who suffer from this disease.
The Symptoms and Effects of Asthma
Asthma is a serious disease that affects one's lungs and airways. It constricts airflow by narrowing one's airways through inflammation. Typical symptoms of asthma can include:
- Shortness of breath.
- One can experience tightness, pressure, and even pain in one’s chest.
- Wheezing as well as coughing can occur. Wheezing can be heard and felt as one breathes and coughing can intensify at night or in the morning.
- All of these symptoms can interfere with sleep.
Types of Asthma
There are many types of asthma, each having different triggers and treatment methods. It is important to be properly diagnosed in order to treat your specific type of asthma and the symptoms that go with it. The different types of asthma consist of:
- Allergic Asthma: This type of asthma is triggered by someone's allergies. For example, someone who is allergic to cats might experience an asthma attack when they come into contact with a cat.
- Non-Allergic Asthma: There are many triggers for this type of asthma, something as simple as exercise or stress could trigger non-allergic asthma; however, it is often experienced in conjunction with viral infections.
- Cough-Variant Asthma: With this type of asthma, a dry cough is present. A dry cough isn’t often seen as a symptom of asthma as it can be triggered by other conditions such as a cold. However, if you wake up in the middle of sleeping because of a dry cough or develop one after exercise it could be an indication of asthma.
- Nocturnal Asthma: This type of asthma isn't often experienced on its own and is more often than not an added diagnosis on top of an existing asthma problem. Essentially, nocturnal asthma is present when one’s asthma symptoms get significantly worse at night.
- Occupational Asthma: this type of asthma develops because of regular exposure to certain substances, such as cleaning products, chemicals, some moulds, dust, and other substances.
The Smart Peak Flow Meter
It is important to keep one’s asthma under control and monitor the symptoms regularly, as it can easily spiral into a life-threatening situation. The Smart Peak Flow Meter is a device that can measure the amount of air that flows out of your lungs. This is done to test the strength of your lungs and should measure between 400 and 700 litres per minute in adults.
The Smart Peak Flow Meter will automatically record the results of your test on your phone and allows you to share your results with your doctor. It is also compact and portable, making it easy to monitor your airflow on the go. The readings are also explained to you on the accompanying smart app, ensuring you are always informed and understand your readings.
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