Not all inhalers are made equal, nor are they made for the same purpose. A medical device used to release medication into an individual’s lungs, the inhaler is also known as a puffer or pump. It is often used to treat individuals with asthma.
Navigating through the various inhalers and the purpose and function of each is difficult, which is why we’ve broken it down for you to have a more comprehensive understanding of inhalers below.
This specific type of inhaler helps prevent coughing eruptions and helps to prevent symptoms from worsening. Control inhalers have specific medicine within the inhaler that is released into the body and helps to control inflammation. Always use as directed by your doctor once or twice daily whether you are having symptoms or if you are feeling fine.
Rescue inhalers provide efficient and effective relief to the lungs and breathing when one is short of breath, wheezing, coughing or feeling tight in the chest. Keep your rescue inhaler on hand in case you need it if symptoms occur or you are going to be around asthma triggers. Rescue inhalers only provide short term relief for symptoms.
Here are the correct steps to using the MDI inhaler:
For steroid inhalers, follow the previous instructions but ensure you rinse out and gargle with water after use.
Here are the correct steps to using a dry powder inhaler:
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