Ok I am new to using a peak flow meter...I am charting mine for a while til I get to know what is normal for me. I read that average peak flow for my age and height is like 460 or a little higher...I am getting anywhere from 400 to almost 500 most of the time...does this sound normal? I am 22 and 5'3...What does everyone else get usually? I know everyone is different...
I have allergies as well and they always check my peak flow and it is 400. They say that is a lil low but not by much. I am 24 and think that 460 is probably normal. I have gotten as low as 200 so I wouldn't be to worried If I was between 350 and 400's.
im 5'0 and 113 lbs (i guess size matters in your peak flow?) mine is usually 400-450. I think you are normal. Usually when I was younger my doc would tell me what my peak flow should be. There was a "red, yellow, and green zone" red-bad yellow-take caution and green-good.
I think alot of it depends on how bad your asthma is.
A good reading for me is anything above 350 but for my age and hight it should be over 45o a really bad one is 200 ish ...........under 300 and my huband starts to panic about it and wants to take me to emergency ,what he wants and what I do are two very different things when it comes to my health .....the only time i'll hoof it to the emergency is if my rescue inhalers don't work at all or if i have to keep doing them again and again in the same few hours (more than 5 times ..not puffs ..times and it's time to get there ).Hope this helps!
The younger you are the lower it will be ..ask you doctor for a peak flow chart when it's really bad you'll know .I'm 5'8 ,34 female ave weight , that's why mine should be around 460 you'd still be on the childeren's tables and there much lower .
A normal peak flow for me is between 490 and 550. I am 29, 5'6", 170lbs, female. I can consistantly bring up those numbers (and have for years) when I am well and my asthma is under control. When I'm sick, having an allergy thing, or just an attack, it drops much lower. Several years ago when I was in my lower 20s, I went to the emergency room when my peak flow was around 115. THAT was way, way too low for me. I thought I was going to die. Who knows, I might have if I hadn't gone to the hospital when I did.
300 may be good if you are 13. Yes, get a chart. I was rarely that good when I was 13 - but then my asthma was almost never under control when I was 13.
Anyone who is unsure of what their peak flow reading should be, and when you should seek help, really needs to go and speak with their asthma nurse or their Doctor. In the UK they give out little cards which you can put in your wallet, which can be filled in with your best peak flow, where your red and yellow zones are, and what to do if you are in those zones. it also has advice on what to do in the case of an asthma attack, which can be handy.
Knowing what your limits are is soooooo important.
My goal my doctor gave me is 460. I've NEVER reached that. Not even once. Not even on prednisone after three courses of albueterol via nebulizer. I just can't get it if I make myself nearly pass out blowing the thing. I usually blow around 350.