Hi. My asthma is still not great. I'm taking a nebuliser treatment at home now once a day along with steroids still.
I just found this link, It's USA based but it has a UK link to it. The website looks very thorough, with case studies, publications, resources and so much info about what they are about. But i don't know if what they are selling would be very beneficial for me to find out more about what's happening inside my chest and airways without costing an arm and leg.
It does say "Measuring FeNO
Traditional methods of asthma assessment only give part of the picture, as they are only indirectly associated with airway inflammation.
In addition, conventional evaluation methods such as peak flow measurement and spirometry are effort dependent, and results may be unreliable. Likewise, symptom assessments are subjective and lack sensitivity. The American Thoracic Society (ATS) strongly recommends the use of FeNO measurement to aid in the assessment, management, and long-term monitoring of asthma. In their 2011 clinical practice guideline, the ATS emphasizes the importance of using FeNO to Ensure appropriate treatment with anti-inflammatory medications, especially corticosteroids
Patients with asthma caused by allergic airway inflammation have high levels of FeNO that decrease with corticosteroid treatment
. Knowing whether airway inflammation is present can help avoid an empiric trial of steroids. "
Has anyone got this NIOX VERO machine, and if so what do you think of it, and has it helped you and how?
And would you recommend it for an asthma sufferer to get one? Does it pick up things more than using a 'peak flow meter' ( which measures how fast air comes out of your lungs when you exhale forcefully after inhaling fully) and 'Pulse Oximeter' ( which is a medical device that indirectly monitors the oxygen saturation of a person's blood (as opposed to measuring oxygen saturation directly through a blood sample.)
it says "NIOX VERO® machine is a point-of-care device for assessing airway inflammation in patients with respiratory problems such as asthma. NIOX VERO is a further development of NIOX MINO®, the most widely used device for measuring airway inflammation in clinical practice and clinical studies all over the world. "
I watched the brief video intro to the link which explains what the FeNO-Test measures and picks up, which then makes it easier for a GP to be able to diagnose and give you the right meds and treatment.
Here is the link telling you all about it, and the short info video about the NIOX MINO machine.