How do your peak flow values at sea compare to your values at home? I’m thinking the fresh clean air of the ocean might be a blessing but what about the temperature and humidity swings?
Dear John: My asthma is well controlled, and so the peak flows are about the same at sea and on land. Where there may be a benefit from the clean ocean air, perhaps that is offset by the constant stress which is also a trigger for my asthma. Temperature and humidity...
What would happen if you stopped breathing in an asthma attack? I already had a few asthma attacks and don’t know how bad it could be
That is a scary thought! If you stopped breathing from an asthma attack, you would pass out. But you don’t want to ever let that happen. So, be prepared. Have a plan in mind about what to do if you start to have difficulty breathing. We call that your “asthma...
In 2017 we do not yet have a cure for asthma. We do have very effective medications that keep asthma under control, so that people with asthma can often be free of all symptoms for long periods of time. However, even then, asthma is not cured. If a person stops the...
If your asthma is out of control – with coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath – it would not be safe to be sailing alone around the world. However, Rich Wilson has worked hard to keep his asthma under good control. He takes his medications for asthma every...
We did have a lawn in front of our house. And I would run around with my friends on it. And in the fall, when leaves would come off the trees, it was especially difficult for my breathing. Question submitted by Ruby, age 9, via News-O-Matic
Rich’s Peak Flow % vs Normal (550)
- 2017 February 19 76% 76%
- 2017 February 16 85% 85%
- 2017 February 14 84% 84%
- 2017 February 12 79% 79%
- 2017 February 11 85% 85%
- 2017 February 09 82% 82%
- 2017 February 08 84% 84%
Peak Flow is a measurement of how much air a patient can exhale in 1 second. It is used as a predictor of asthma attacks. For gender, age, and height, there are Normal Values for Peak Expiratory Flow. By taking his 4 medications daily, Rich’s Peak Flow usually reaches ~70-80% of Normal for him.