Masks, the test to understand if you breathe well

Masks, the test to understand if you breathe well

Spirometry is a test that measures respiratory function and is used to identify any obstructive diseases of the lungs

There are no health risks in using the mask, but breathing "deeply" can be more complicated, as experienced by those who have used FFP2 and FFP3 masks for long periods of time. “Surgical” masks made of TNT (non-woven fabric), or those made of fabric are usually well tolerated by most people. With the heat, and the increase in humidity, the subjective feeling of difficulty in breathing can be exacerbated even with the lightest mask

The test to measure the breath

However, it is essential to understand if it is really a subjective sensation or if there are health problems affecting the respiratory system. The most appropriate assessment to start investigating the health of our lungs is spirometry.

Spirometry is a test that measures respiratory function, is performed by health personnel with the aid of an instrument called a spirometer. This is a simple and non-invasive procedure. The examination lasts a few minutes, during which the healthcare staff will ask the patient to perform a series of breathing maneuvers (expiratory and inspiratory at rest and forced) through a mouthpiece.

No specific preparation is required to perform the test. If the patient takes drugs for respiratory diseases, in particular bronchodilators, he will have to ask the doctor who prescribes the examination if the therapy must be suspended: the examination may in fact be requested precisely to evaluate the response to a specific therapy. The exam can be carried out at any age, provided that the patient is able to perform the simple procedures necessary. In consideration of the very low invasiveness of the procedure, there are few contraindications to its execution and are evaluated by the doctor.

The test that evaluates how our respiratory system works: it allows us to measure how much air our lungs contain and how this air moves through our bronchi, that is, to assess whether our bronchi are "closed" by obstructive diseases such as asthma Bronchial or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD – typical in smokers), or if our lungs are "constricted", as in pulmonary fibrosis.

If anomalies are found in the results of the basal spirometry, the pulmonologist specialist may prescribe more in-depth respiratory function tests (but always non-invasive and simple in execution) which are able to give a complete picture of the functioning of our respiratory system and to diagnose a possible lung disease

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