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A 33-year-old member asked:

can you tell me if the diagnosis i was given was correct. b.q. can spores develop in a vicks inhaler over time?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Possible: Since mold spores are airborne, a few spores can be found on the surface of any object exposed to the air. I would think that molds can't thrive in a Vicks' inhaler and even if present likely not clinically important.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the most effective brand of inhaler?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Irrelevant: Brand really doesn't matter, honestly. Studies show xoponex doesn't have any more efficacy than the other albuterol inhalers. It really is a matter of finding out which brand works best for you. Everyone's different.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Should I take my inhalor before I go in to see the doctor for a check up?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: If you feel the need to use your inhaler because you feel short of breath then by all means use it. If however, your symptoms are not so severe that you would normally use the inhaler (if you weren't going to the doctor) then don't. Your doctor would rather have an accurate sense of your baseline than assume that your asthma is better controlled than it is because you treated prior to the visit.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How does inhaler help a person breath easier?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Open airways: There are different types of inhalers but the most common types increase the size of the airways in the lung when they are spasming. This allows the air to move with less resistance during breathing. Some inhalers act by decreasing inflammation in the airways too.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Trouble getting air while trying to breathe before ihaler?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Need Immediate Care: If you are too short of breath to use an inhaler medication and do not have a home nebulizer machine you need immediate medical attention in urgent care or emergency room. When this episode is over and you are feeling better, ask your doctor about having an asthma action plan- written instructions to use when you are having breathing problems. This included use of a peak flow meter, different meds.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Why isn't my inhaler working?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Boris Ripa
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No medicine: No medicine left in, or if new-broken pump.

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