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Can patients with vocal chord dysfunction get some relief from asthma inhalers, particularly blue rescue inhalers?

Can patients with vocal chord dysfunction get some relief from asthma inhalers, particularly blue rescue inhalers?

Not really: Sitting down and taking time to use an inhaler may break the pattern, but not much.Working with a speech pathologist on breathing exercises, and recognizing the triggers will help the most over time. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid inhaler?

Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all
1)controlling tablets
2)quick relief inhaler
3)steroid inhaler?

See below: The steroid inhaler is your controller/maintenance for use daily/routinely. The tablet is also assisting with the control/maintenance aspects of your asthma. Your action plan should advise that the quick relief (albuterol) can be decreased/increased in frequency depending on the severity or improvement of your breathing status. ...Read more

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Do inhalers cure asthma?

Do inhalers cure asthma?

No: Unfortunately, the is no cure for asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that may "flare" depending upon an individual's triggers. Studies performed with disease "controllers" (oral leukotriene receptor antagonists and inhaled corticosteroids) to see if "cure" or prevention are possible. Unfortunately, any gains that are obtained while on those medications are lost when stopped. ...Read more

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Can inhalers cause asthma?

Can inhalers cause asthma?

Possibly: Often inhalers can cause "bronchospasms". This is more common with powder inhalers than metered dose inhalers. ...Read more

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If I have asthma must I use an inhaler?

If I have asthma must I use an inhaler?

For persistent asthm: You need a daily anti-inflammatory inhaler if you have persistent asthma. That means that you have airway inflammation (swelling) that needs to be assessed by a bronchospasm evaluation that is done as a diagnostic procedure by board certified allergists. ...Read more

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Is using an inhaler without asthma bad?

Is using an inhaler without asthma bad?

No evidence.: There is no data on using inhalers in healthy individuals. Studies show an increase in risk of death with higher use of rescue inhalers in asthmatics, but it is likely related to poor asthma control! ...Read more

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What is the best inhaler for my asthma?

What is the best inhaler for my asthma?

2 types: All persons with asthma should have a quick relief inhaler like albuterol to be used when needed for immediate relief. Persons with persistent asthma need a daily controller medication. The most effective daily controller are inhaled steroids. Other medications used as alternative or add-on therapy is montelukast tabs and long-acting bronchodilators. The best inhaler is the one used correctly! ...Read more

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How could i treat asthma without an inhaler?

How could i treat asthma without an inhaler?

Not a good idea: Three decades ago pills containing theophylline were a common treatment. They are cousins to caffeine,were slow to work, had many side effects, seldom gained good control & required periodic blood tests for effective use.Today's inhalers take advantage of technical progress to deliver meds directly where needed, not every cell of the body. Asthma still kills patients every year. ...Read more

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What helps asthma when you don't have a inhaler?

What helps asthma when you don't have a inhaler?

Difficult to answer: When you are having an attack the causes may be an allergic reaction, environmental (dust or particles in the air) or cold air. Removing yourself from these immediate areas may be helpful. If your talking about controller inhalers, there really isn't much except to stay clear of those things or places that trigger your attacks. Sorry i can;t offer much along these lines. ...Read more

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Do all the asthma inhalers have the same effect?

No: There are different types of inhalers. There are short acting inhalers to provide quick relief such as albuterol. There are also maintenance inhalers to help reduce inflammation (inhaled steroids), along with combination inhalers that include inhaled steroids with long-acting bronchodilators. ...Read more

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Which inhalers are considered the best for asthma?

Which inhalers are considered the best for asthma?

Relief vs. control: Every patient with asthma needs a quick relief inhaler and the most common is albuterol or the isomer lev-albuterol (same effect with less amount of medication.) for controller medications, corticosteroid inhalers (qvar, flovent, pulmicort, asmanex) are very similar except Qvar is very small size and better lung deposition. For more severe asthma, advair, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and dulera--all work well. ...Read more

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Alternative ways to treat asthma apart from inhaler?

Alternative ways to treat asthma apart from inhaler?

Pills/shots: An older treatment was oral theophyllin a cousin of caffeine that was taken every 6-12 hrs depending on the form. The side effects included hyperactivity and occasional seizures if taken in excess. The inhalers use the lungs as a delivery site, and proper use simplified treatment and control.Proper training in inhaler use is often not given and leads to poor effectiveness. ...Read more

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How did they treat asthma before inhalers were invented?

How did they treat asthma before inhalers were invented?

Shots/pills/IV's: The great advance in asthma treatments over the past 4 decades has been the move away from Adrenalin shots, intravenous steroids, and pills with side effects like caffeine.(& seizures).The development of longer duration inhaled meds like albuterol & aerosoliszed steroids has made asthma more consumer friendly. However, poor compliance has led to a similar risk of sudden death today as then. ...Read more

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Do you always need an inhaler on you if you have asthma?

Not always: It depends on the severity of asthma.Even though all asthmatics need inhaled medicine either by hand held inhaler or via nebulisers when you are having an acute attack. If you have severe persistant asthma you have to inhalers daily to control asthma and keep it under control.But if you have mild intermittent asthma than you only need inhaled meds when you are hahing attack. ...Read more

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What happens if I use an inhaler if i don't have asthma?

What happens if I use an inhaler if i don't have asthma?

Yes, but why?: Asthma inhalers will not have any beneficial effects on individuals without asthma. They do have side effects however. Medications should only be used when indicated and even then the least amount as possible is typically the best approach. ...Read more

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Can you tell me other than an inhaler what can help asthma?

Leukotrein inhibitor: Leukotrein inhibitors could be used for intermitent asthma or even exercise induced astham. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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What kinds of medicines other than inhalers are used for asthma?

What kinds of medicines other than inhalers are used for asthma?

Yes: Multiple medications are available for management of asthma. However these medicatioons are used only when inhaled medications fail.If you are having difficulty using an inhaler talk with your doctor about using a spacer. Spacers make it much easier to use inhaled medications and make the medication more effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Inhaler (Definition)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is ...Read more