In this module you will learn how to successfully monitor your asthma symptoms. You will also learn how the Wright peak flow meter can be a very useful tool in the management of your asthma. Learning the proper use of your peak flow meter is a great way to detect how much swelling you may have in your airways due to your asthma.
You must pay close attention to your body in order to know when your asthma control may be getting worse. If you become good at monitoring your symptoms, you will be able to increase the chance that you will not have a major asthma flare-up. Pay close attention to these asthma symptoms:
- Chest tightness
- Unusual shortness of breath
- Itchy throat
- Increasing use of your quick relief medication (bronchodilator)
If you experience any of these symptoms, make sure you're checking your peak flow meter number. If your symptoms and peak flow number is getting worse, you will need to adjust your medications or call your doctor.