Researchers now believe that a new, easy-to-use asthma predictor will give asthmatics a timely warning allowing them to stop an asthma attack before it begins.

The New Asthma Device

This hand-held asthma predictor, created by Siemens, is no bigger than a mobile phone. Its special sensors scans a person's breath to measure nitrogen monoxide. A high level of nitrogen monoxide indicates that the bronchial tubes are inflamed, pinpointing the possibility of an impending asthma attack.

This warning could tell you as early as a day in advance that you could be headed for trouble. In many cases, this kind of timing is enough for you to use your medication to head off the attack. The higher the nitrogen monoxide reading, the more medication you may need to prevent your condition from deteriorating.

Is It Right for You?

If the idea of using this tool appeals to you, it's certainly worth exploring. You can talk to your doctor to find out when it will be available in your area and to ask if it's a good fit for your specific situation. Using the tool can provide insight on how to adjust your medication appropriately day by day. This will help you to avoid taking too much or too little.

Keep in mind that even the most promising asthma tools aren't meant to replace your asthma action plan. You'll still need to be diligent about avoiding your triggers, using your asthma medication as directed, and also relying on your peak flow monitor to measure your lung capacity. You'll also want to pay attention to any changes in symptoms that could signal a change in your condition and talk to your doctor about how to respond when this occurs.




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