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Who should use a peak flow meter?

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Peak flow meters are very helpful if you or your child have moderate to severe asthma and need daily asthma medications. Even most children ages 6 and up should be able to use a peak flow meter with good results.

People with moderate-to-severe asthma should have a peak flow meter at home.

From: Asthma and the Peak Flow Meter WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Peak Flow Meter: Tips to Remember." 

American Lung Association: "Measuring Your Peak Flow Rate."

MedlinePlus: "How to use your peak flow meter."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Peak Flow Meters."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Peak Flow Meter: Tips to Remember." 

American Lung Association: "Measuring Your Peak Flow Rate."

MedlinePlus: "How to use your peak flow meter."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Peak Flow Meters."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2018

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