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Notice: This health information was not created by the University of Michigan Health System (umhs) and asthma may not necessarily reflect specific umhs practices. For medical advice relating to your personal condition, please consult your doctor.
A peak flow meter is a portable, inexpensive, hand-held device used to measure how air flows from your lungs in one "fast blast." In other words, the meter measures your ability to push air out of your lungs. Peak flow meters com in two ranges to measure the air pushed out of your lungs. A low-range peak flow meter is for small children, and a standard-range peak flow meter is for older children, teenagers and adults.
An adult has much larger airways than a child and needs the larger range.
There are several types of peak flow meters available. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about which type to use.
Who Benefits from Using a Peak Flow Meter? Many healthcare providers believe that people who have asthma benefit from the use of a peak flow meter.
If you need to adjust your daily medication for asthma, a peak flow meter can be an important part of your asthma management plan. People ages 5 years and older are usually able to use a peak flow meter to help manage their asthma. Some people with chronic bronchitis and emphysema also may benefit from the use of a peak flow meter.
Not all healthcare providers recommend peak flow meters to help children and adults manage their asthma. Many healthcare providers believe a peak flow meter may be of most help for people with moderate and severe asthma. If your asthma is mild or you do not use daily medication, a peak flow meter may not be useful for your asthma management.
Schools may request a peak flow meter for your child so they can help monitor your child's asthma symptoms.