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Asthma spacer

A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Goldsobel
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Helpers: Spacers are devices to help one use a metered dose inhaler (mdi) correctly. It can be very difficult for some people to use inhalers properly, especi ... Read More
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Help with inhalers: The earliest spacers were styrofoam coffee cups attached to multidose inhalers used to help children get these drugs. Modern spacers are one-way valve ... Read More
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Spacers...: Spacers are devices that are placed between the end of the inhaler and your mouth. You then activate the inhaler and inhale through the spacer to inha ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yup: Typically one needs a prescription to get an asthma inhaler spacer.
Dr. Donald Elton
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Make your own: Prescription spacers are expensive and no more effective than using a toilet paper roll (the core). Many inhalers don't even require a spacer any more ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ivy Fisher
44 years experience Pediatrics
Asthma: Depending on the age. Albuterol inhaler can be given: 2-4 puffs orally every 4-6 hrs for acute wheezing, coughing. It may be necessary to add QVAR (f ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Sanders
16 years experience Pulmonology
See below: First, if you having an asthma exacerbation, you should let your doctor know, if you haven't already. You need a way to check your oxygen to make sur ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
My method: The pocket chamber spacer has a lot going for it - small size, smaller price. Like all modern inhaler devices it has a one-way valve so your exhaled b ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Although a spacer may reduce the deposition of steroid on the throat, it does not eliminate it thus leading to thrush. Try gargling with water or a m ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Immune deficiency: You may have an immune deficiency which is also makes you at a higher risk to develop an autoimmune disease such as Celiac. You need to consult an al ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Shoemaker
40 years experience General Practice
Hyperglycemia: Especially if you are overweight, you might want to go to the emergency room and have your blood sugar checked if Prednisone made you feel this way.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Rotchford
41 years experience Addiction Medicine
Yes: Likely safe particularly if pain is significant. Avoid driving etc for at least 6 hours after taking these meds.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Possible: It is not unusual for a patient to have a history of asthma as a child/teen have the symptoms resolve and then return as an adult.
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