Peak Flow Meters

A peak flow meter is a hand-held device that shows how well you are breathing.

As part of your asthma action plan, you may use a peak flow meter at home to measure lung function. To use it, you take a deep breath and blow hard into a tube to find out how fast you can blow out. This gives you a peak flow number. You will need to find out your “personal best” peak flow number by recording the peak flow number daily for a few weeks until your asthma is under control. The highest number you get during that time is your personal best peak flow. Then you can compare future peak flow measurements to your personal best peak flow, and that will show if your asthma is staying under control or not.

Your doctor will tell you how and when to use your peak flow meter and how to use your medication based on the results. You may be asked to use your peak flow meter each morning to keep track of how well you are breathing.

The peak flow meter can also help warn of a possible asthma attack even before you notice symptoms. If your peak flow meter shows that your breathing is getting worse, you should follow your action plan. Take your quick relief or other medication as your doctor directed. Then you can use the peak flow meter to see how your airways are responding to the medication.

To get a rough indication of what your peak flow should be, various charts are available, such as this Peak Flow chart :

Causes of Occupational Asthma

Oddly enough, diesel fumes and many substances with a nasty smell don’t seem to cause asthma, even though there is important evidence that they can cause allergic reactions in your nose.

If your asthma is due to your work then it should be possible to remove the cause. The fact that you have asthma from work means that others could also get it, so the discovery could help a lot of people – including your employer.

If the asthma is discovered early, then your work environment can be improved, and the asthma treated, the result of which is usually a complete cure.

But if the occupational asthma is discovered after years of working with the offending materials, then it should get better when you no longer have breathe it in all day, but you are very likely to be left with permanent asthma, and this may be mild or severe asthma.

It is important to remember that asthma is so common that most people with asthma in a workplace have it for the same reasons as everybody else, and not because of their job.

This makes it hard to determine and discover the few people who really do have occupational asthma.

If you think that you have become affected by occupational asthma, then consult an expert on ‘Occupational Asthma’, or an allergist, as soon as possible.

Occupational Asthma

Some jobs can actually cause asthma. Asthma caused by dust or fumes at work is called occupational asthma.

All jobs which cause asthma involve some kind of dust, vapour or other fumes, although often the amount you breathe in is so small that people don’t expect any trouble.

The good news is that if your job is the cause of your asthma, then your asthma will disappear when you stop breathing any of the dust or fumes which caused it, provided that you and your doctors have caught and treated it early enough.

The bad news is that the longer you carry on with work which causes asthma, the more likely you are to carry on having permanent asthma even if you stop the work and completely avoid the dust, vapour or fumes.

Sadly, many people carry on working because no-one has noticed the connection with work, or because it seems impossible to leave or change jobs. In such cases, the penalty for your health may be very severe.

However, finding out for sure is vitally important for you. And, it might be vitally important for others as well.

Usually when a job is the reason for someone’s asthma, there are other people with asthma for the same reason at the same workplace and in the same industry and that no-one has noticed the connection in them.

Asthma – Causes

During an asthma attack, the airways become irritated and react by narrowing and constructing, causing increased resistance to airflow, and obstructing the flow of the air passages to and from the lungs.

    But what causes asthma?
    Why do some people develop asthma?
    Why is asthma more common in the western world?

Asthma is not contagious. You cannot catch asthma from another person.

However, you can inherit the asthma tendency from your parents, although people with asthma should not worry about their future children on this score.

Studies show that children whose parents smoke are twice as likely to develop asthma as children of non-smoking parents. Also, children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy tend to be born with smaller airways, which greatly increases their chances of developing the disease.

The “westernised” environment and lifestyle in developed countries has a lot to do with the chances of whether a person will develop asthma or not.

Are overweight people more likely to get asthma, as is often suggested?

Asthma Treatments Relievers and Preventers

There are two main types of medicines for the treatment of asthma:

Quick Relief Medicines: also called relievers, give rapid, short-term treatment and are taken when you have worsening asthma symptoms that can lead to asthma episodes or attacks. You will feel the effects of these medicines within minutes.

Long-Term Control Medicines: also called preventers, are taken every day, usually over long periods of time, to control chronic symptoms and to prevent asthma episodes or attacks. You will feel the full effects of these medicines after taking them for a few weeks. People with persistent asthma need long-term control medicines.

Drugs, such as those resembling two of our hormones, can help treat asthma. These two hormones are adrenaline (epinephrine in the USA) and hydrocortisone (a steroid).

There are also other drugs which help treat asthma. Whilst drugs can remove all your symptoms if you have mild asthma, people with more severe or long-standing asthma don’t get nearly such good results, so alternate medications are required.

Adrenaline (epinephrine) is pumped into our bloodstream when we have a sudden fright or emergency. It is the quick-acting hormone from the middle of the adrenal glands near our kidneys. It makes your pulse race, makes your heart thump, and readies your body for emergency action. In asthma, the medicines which resemble adrenaline quickly relieve asthma for a short time, and are called relievers.

Yeast Infection Treatments

Yeast infections are, at the very least, uncomfortable. The itching and burning of symptoms can leave many women looking for instant relief in any form, and there is some choice available in solutions to the irritation. There are yeast infection treatments in the form of over-the-counter medication, doctor’s prescriptions, and alternative medicine or natural remedies, which means that most women can find an option for a yeast infection treatment that’s right for them.

From The Pharmacy

Let’s begin with over-the-counter medicine, the most common choice for yeast infection treatment. Since yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of fungus that is naturally present in our bodies, the best way to tame that spurt of activity is to curb it with something antifungal. Over-the-counter antifungals come in the form of creams or tablets that are inserted vaginally over the course of one to seven nights.

Weight Loss Rules You Must Follow

There are different types of weight loss programs available. Some ask you to follow fad diets; others advise you to use weight loss pills and supplements. However, in my opinion, the best weight loss program is one which helps you lose weight using natural means. The home based weight loss program is one of them.

People love home-based weight loss programs because they can exercise at home and don’t need to hit the gym regularly. Another advantage of home-based weight loss program is that they offer flexible meal plans and exercise routines that anyone can follow.

That said, if you don’t follow certain rules then all of your weight loss endeavors will go down the drain. In this article I will tell you about five of these rules: