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Peak flows and other information
Peak flow recording
You will be shown how to use a simple device known as a peak flow meter, and make "peak flow" measurements with it every two hours for about a month.
We appreciate that this requires quite a lot of work from you, but it is a very important test which helps us to reach a diagnosis in many cases.
Once you have completed your readings, please email your peak flow readings to us as soon as you can and before your next clinic appointment; so the clinical team has plenty of time to check the results before we next see you.
- Download instructions on how to measure your peak flow readings and send the results to us here: Word or PDF format.
- Download a peak flow diary for writing down all your measurements and other important information here: Word or PDF format.
Other investigations for Occupational Asthma
The following tests may be used in the assessment of suspected occupational asthma:
- Lung Function Tests
- Skin prick testing for allergies
- Specific IgE measurement with occupational, exposure-specific allergen
- Occupational Inhalation Testing - a specific test used in the diagnosis and assessment of work-related airway or lung symptoms, which aims to recreate workplace exposures in a measurable, hospital setting
Other information about occupational lung disease
- Your Occupational Asthma - information for patients who have recently been diagnosed with occupational asthma
- Asbestos-related disease
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit – information from the Department of Work and Pensions on how to claim.