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A spirometry test examines the function of your lungs by measuring both how much air you can inhale and how much you can exhale.
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Spirometry tests play a large role in controlling and maintaining asthma. Whether mild or severe, it is important that your lung function is being tested regularly so that your breathing can be monitored. Proper asthma control keeps dangerous developments at bay and helps you and your doctor stay informed.

What Does a Spirometry Test Measure?

spirometry test examines the function of your lungs by measuring both how much air you can inhale and how much you can exhale. It also measures how quickly you draw the air in. The purpose of this type of testing is to see if you are drawing in the correct amount of air based on your age, height, size, etc. If you aren’t, the doctor has to take steps to understand why.

When Will Your Doctor Order a Spirometry Test?

A spirometry exam will be given before you are diagnosed with asthma to determine if asthma is really the problem. Sometimes, breathing problems can be attributed to allergies or other ailments.

If you are diagnosed with asthma, it will also be given periodically for an indefinite amount of time to track your symptoms and monitor your breathing. Additionally, a doctor might order a spirometry exam before surgery or after a sudden surge of poor respiratory symptoms.

How is a Spirometry Test Taken?

To take the test, you will breathe through a tube that hooks into a spirometry machine at the doctor’s office. The doctor will simply have you take a deep breath and then exhale as hard and as quickly as you can. You will probably do this several times in a row to ensure that the results are accurate. Depending on the doctor, you may take some medication in-between “exam rounds” to see how it impacts your test results.

Overall, it will probably only take 10-15 minutes. The test isn’t exhausting, but you may feel a little lightheaded afterward from all the inhaling and exhaling.

Terms to keep in mind include the following:

1. FVC (forced vital capacity)

This is essentially your lung capacity – the amount of air your lungs can hold. This falls under the “inhalation” portion of the spirometry exam.

2. FEV1 (forced expiratory volume)

This is the amount of air you can release in a single second. Generally speaking, the higher the amount of air you can release, the healthier your lungs are. Low FEV ratings indicate an inflamed airway.

 

What is Aluna?

Aluna is an innovative, scientifically-accurate, and portable spirometer cleared by the FDA.

This device and management program is designed to help adults and children, 5 years and up, monitor their lung function and take control of their respiratory health.

Anyone with asthma can track their FEV1 scores with Aluna simply by breathing into the device. A companion app and game make the task fun and the data can be remotely viewed by doctors for better treatment.

Aluna is seeking to shed light on asthma and other lung diseases by providing accurate and reliable data for doctors and patients.

Be sure to ask your doctor how you can receive Aluna for FREE and how this device can benefit you.

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