Living with asthma is no easy thing but modern technology can help you manage your condition. Asthma monitoring apps are a highly-beneficial, modern tool for managing and controlling asthma. They can help you perform breathing tests, store data, and collect information about your condition that could later aid your doctor.
Asthma Doctors Recommend Using Asthma Apps
Did you know that doctors actually recommend the use of asthma apps? If you wonder why it’s because certain apps will actually make your doctor’s job easier. In addition to taking at-home tests, you can use an asthma app to log information such as symptoms, attacks, possible triggers, good lung days, and bad lung days. Your doctor can later use this data to determine common factors between attacks, the correlation between events and symptoms, etc.
A note to parents: asthma apps that are specifically designed for kids can be a fun way for them to learn about their condition. These kids’ apps use quizzes, games, and activities to educate children about asthma.
Monitoring Asthma Symptoms At Home
We’ve already mentioned this, but just in case you’re wondering, here’s what an asthma app does to help you monitor your asthma symptoms at home:
- Keeps track of symptoms
- Logs asthma attacks
- Logs triggers
- Stores data for future reference
- Measures peak flow with the help of a meter
Measuring your peak flow is one of the most important things your asthma app can do for you. Let’s learn a little more about that.
What Does a Peak Flow Meter Tell You?
To measure your peak flow, you will pair your asthma app with a peak flow meter. A peak flow meter is a portable device with a tube, an arrow, and numbers. You can measure your peak flow by placing your lips on the tube and inhaling deeply, then exhaling as quickly and forcefully as you can. The peak flow meter will measure how much air you inhale, as well as how much (and how quickly) you exhale. It will then provide you with a number.
It is important that you store your peak flow numbers within your asthma app so you can refer back to them later. They should be fairly consistent. If you notice significant changes in your peak flow over short periods of time, you should consult a doctor. This means that something is affecting your breathing in some way or another.
Aluna is an innovative, scientifically-accurate, and portable spirometry exam and asthma management platform paired with a mobile game kids love. Developed by four asthmatic UC Berkeley grads with guidance from the world’s leading pediatric pulmonologists, Aluna seeks to shed light on childhood asthma by providing better data for doctors and parents while coaching kids to develop good asthma management habits.
This regular testing of lung function helps both doctors and patients to more closely monitor respiratory health over time and create better, more informed treatment plans. Proper usage of Aluna will result in better control of asthma.
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