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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 or post 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 specific investigations for Occupational Asthma
The following tests may be used in the assessment of suspected occupational asthma:
- Lung Function Tests - a description of testing procedures and preparation
- Skin prick testing – these are done in our Clinic by our clinical nurse specialist.
- Specific IgE measurement with occupational, exposure-specific allergen
- Occupational Inhalation Testing - patient information on 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.