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How Do I Use A Dry Powder Inhaler
Deep Breath: Most dry poder inhalers deliver a specific dose per use. The best way to use these devices is to put the device in your mouth and activate it the take a long slow deep breath that will cause all the powder to go in slowly and wont irritate your airway causing you to cough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Dry powder inhalers are equally effective and are becoming more popular than commonly used metered dose inhalers or MDI's as the former comes without the potential for environmental concerns of damaging the ozone layer with CFC propellants .in MDI's. In both, one should wash the mouth after use to avoid after taste and potential for developing thrush in mouth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For how many months should a child take dry powder inhaler with singular to treat asthma attack where she is suffering from olive pollen allergy ?
Desensitization: If exposure to the pollen can't be avoided, an allergist may offer desensitization to the pollen, which may help. If exposure to the pollen cannot be avoided, and desensitization is not available or is ineffective, then long-term treatment with bronchodilators may be needed ...Read more
Inhaler: I would recommend to go to the manufacture's website and get a handout or watch a video if they have one to learn how to use the device. Sometimes devices have different ways of using them. Alternatively go to your pharmacist and they can go over how to use the device. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I use one metered dose inhaler to administer fluticasone and albuterol, one at a time? Or should I get separate inhalers?
Separate: Since each MDI device is customized to the unique product, I don't know any study showing that they can be interchanged. If you have lost one of them and it is an emergency, by all means go ahead. However ideally, one should not use a part devised for one device on another unless otherwise specified ( for example - Aerochambers) ...Read more
I don't like the advair powder inhaler it irritates my throat. Does the hfa version have the same potency? Or is there another drug altogether?
Don't know: There are many positive anecdotes and testimonials, but unfortunately extremely little published data looking at effects of inhaling dry-salt. Dry salt inhalers are not used routinely in clinical practice, which is not to say there would be no benefit, but the effect--positive or negative--one achieves probably depends specifically on what lung disease you have. Discuss further with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are dry powder inhalers ever appropriately used as rescue inhalers, or are MDIs the most appropriate choice?
Either one is ok: To use a medication as a rescue inhaler to treat asthma symptoms, the medication should be a fast-acting bronchodilator (whether it comes as a traditional metered-dose-inhaler or as a dry-powder-inhaler should not matter, as long as the patient has used the inhaler before, and did not get any problems such as side effects in the past). ...Read more
How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times
Cough: The cough from bronchitis can sometimes take over 6 weeks to fully resolve. As long are you are getting better give it time. If you start to get worse, have fevers, or cough up blood then you should get checked out again. If you smoke you need to stop or just get used to coughing... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The inside of my nostrils get dry and booger inside also gets dry when I wakeup in morning. I have Asthema. I use Ventolin Inhaler. What to do.
What is cough variant asthma? And do you prefer dry powder inhalers or metered dose inhalers for albuterol treatment of this condition?Which is Better
Cough variant asthma: Is type of asthma where cough is the most salient symptom, dry cough, but still have other asthma signs, at times it might be the only symptom and hard to diagnose. As for the albuterol form: whichever works, so long it is taken in the right way and produces the desired effect, but albuterol is just a quick fix, you need comprehensive treatment as any other asthmatic, see an allergist/pulmonol ...Read more
Its hard to breathe out easier to breathe in, I have a dry cough, pressure in my chest.I use inhaler but it works after an hour or so. Is it asthma?
Smoking related?: You may have asthma, and/or be affected by your smoking. First, try quitting smoking and see if that makes a difference. You can also see your primary care provider or a lung specialist and have a test called spirometry, which can measure your lung capacity and make a diagnosis of asthma, if that is what you have. ...Read more
Diagnosis is burned broncials with over use of inhaler for asthma. Now have a dry chronic cough and throat clearing. Is this the wrong diagnosis?
Hard to say: You have not said which inhaler, and there are several types.The overuse of inhalers is a clinical call, based on frequency of use/refills.If you are using it more often than needed or need it more often than expected your treatment plan needs to be updated.Overuse of beta agonists can lead to loss of effectiveness.Proper balance of stabilizer/maintainance inhaler with rescue inhaler is important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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