As an asthma patient you might know how painful and troublesome it is when you undergo continuous wheezing and coughing. The only thing that comes in handy at that hour of desperation when you feel claustrophobic is an asthma inhaler.
The most commonly used one is the metered dose inhaler. Some of you may want to use it with a spacer as that helps a lot. But knowing the proper way to use the inhaler with or without the spacer is important. Otherwise you will not be able to feel relieved.
How to use Asthma Inhalers Properly?
- When using a metered dose inhaler, check the expiry date of inhaler. The last thing you want to do is inhale some medication that has crossed its finish line.
- Shake the inhaler well before you start to use it.
- Uncap and place the mouthpiece of the inhaler in your mouth using your lips to cover it well.
- There is an extension in the inhaler that you can push. Place your index finger on it.
- Now you need to inhale the medication through your mouth. So make sure that you press the inhaler extension and breathe in the medication all at the same time.
- Try and hold your breath for as long as you can after you have taken in the medication.
- If you are using a spacer then you need to breathe in through the spacer as you will be releasing the medication into the spacer.
- The same process is applicable here. But the advantage is that you will be able to breathe in the released medicine with a few gaps.
- All you need to do is fix the inhaler into the spacer so that you can release the medicine into it.
- On the other end of the spacer you need to place your mouth. Once you pump in the inhaler, take a deep breath through your mouth and inhale as much as you can.
- Hold your breath and cover the spacer. Once you are ready again, breathe in from the spacer so that you have utilized all the medicine.
- The spacer is an attachment and is not an inhaler. It only helps you to breathe in the medicine. You may find the spacer useful for kids as they are not able to hold their breath for long or use the inhaler directly.
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