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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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My asthma is going bad this summers too. I daily use inhalers but wheeze always remains there? Why is so in summers?

My asthma is going bad this summers too. I daily use inhalers but wheeze always remains there? Why is so in summers?

Seasonal variation: Certain asthmatics have seasonal variation in their asthma. This be related to certain seasonal allergies, changes in weather, or other triggers. Preventative and controller medications are sometimes used for individuals who have seasonal variation in their asthma. It is very important for an individual using their inhalers frequently to seek the advice of their physician/seek attention. ...Read more

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Does advair inhaler expire after 30 days? My asthma was doing really well than it just got really bad about a week ago. My dad has same problem thanks

Does advair inhaler expire after 30 days? My asthma was doing really well than it just got really bad about a week ago. My dad has same problem thanks

Asthma Control: Look at the expiration date on the advair disc or the box.
If you are taking advair as prescribed and your asthma is not getting better or any worsening, check with your physician. You need something else, may be oral prednisolone. ...Read more

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Does anything bad happen if someone uses an asthma inhaler for a cold, but didn't have asthma symptoms then?

Does anything bad happen if someone uses an asthma inhaler for a cold, but didn't have asthma symptoms then?

Were you coughing?: A rescue inhaler, no. If taken appropriately and it gave you relief within 5-10 minutes, this means you probably had some bronchitis.If it didn't have any effect and you stopped taking it, it didn't damage your lungs or heart. Now, don't keep taking other peoples medication. Especially, not maintenance inhalers. See your doctor and to determine if you need some prescribed for you. ...Read more

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I have asthma & lately I've had to use my inhaler at 3 times a day. Also, after ice cream today, the middle of my chest started hurting badly. Causes?

I have asthma & lately I've had to use my inhaler at 3 times a day. Also, after ice cream today, the middle of my chest started hurting badly. Causes?

Asthma control: Please contact your doctor. You should have an asthma action plan for when you feel your asthma getting worse. If you are needing your emergency inhaler more than usual, your asthma plan may need a step up. Don't worry about the ice cream. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism and Hashimotos make asthma worse? My asthma has been so bad lately, my rescue inhaler doesn't even help for that long.

Can hypothyroidism and Hashimotos make asthma worse? My asthma has been so bad lately, my rescue inhaler doesn't even help for that long.

Related: Yes. Get the thyroid levels normal by taking your medicines regularly. Read a nice article. Http://thyroid. About. Com/library/derry/bl10.htm ...Read more

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My son has bad asthma he has a constant cough has a temp coming and goin, chest is sticky he is hocking a lot inhalers an nebilizer not workin help?

My son has bad asthma he has a constant cough has a temp coming and goin, chest is sticky he is hocking a lot inhalers an nebilizer not workin help?

Worse with infection: Asthma does not cause a fever. Asthma can certainly worsen with a cold or other illness. If asthma requires daily use of his rescue inhaler he is not in good control. It sounds like he needs to be seen to diagnose a sinus infection or walking pneumonia, and to possibly get Prednisone to control his asthma. It is very important that he takes his steroid inhaler every day. ...Read more

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What are some breathing practices I can do to help improve my asthma? My asthma gets bad mostly at night. I will wake up and have to use my emergency inhaler because my chest is so tight. I would like to try to help it by practicing breathing better.

What are some breathing practices I can do to help improve my asthma? My asthma gets bad mostly at night. I will wake up and have to use my emergency inhaler because my chest is so tight. I would like to try to help it by practicing breathing better.

There: There are no specific breathing exercises you can do to improve your asthma. Often times if you are having asthma symptoms nightly you will need a controller medication, which is usually an inhaled steroid. This is typically taken twice a day as an inhaler and will help alleviate your night time symptoms, and also reduce the need for your rescue or emergency inhaler.
One thing that may help is knowing what triggers your asthma, and subsequently avoiding exposure to those things. Common triggers are cold air, exercise, and pets.
Please see your doctor right away so the proper asthma treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

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Bad asthma. Preventive inhalers don't work at all. Flovent and servent. It actually makes my breathing worse. It makes me breath faster. Air hunger?

Bad asthma. Preventive inhalers don't work at all. Flovent and servent. It actually makes my breathing worse. It makes me breath faster. Air hunger?

Treat the cause: Inhalers etc just cover up symptoms. Look for causes of asthma that is usually environmental like dust molds pollens and hidden food allergy. To learn more about causes visit us www. Ehacstl. Com ...Read more

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I have asthma and use my inhaler a lot on a daily basis also I wake up every night having trouble breathing or feel suffocated. Its rly bad walking etc.?

I have asthma and use my inhaler a lot on a daily basis also I wake up every night having trouble breathing or feel suffocated. Its rly bad walking etc.?

Asthma uncontrolled: 2 basic meds for asthma: reliever drugs & controller drugs. Sounds like you are overly dependent on relievers (albuterol or xopenex). When you take the right amount of controller meds (inhaled corticosteroids, alone or combined with a long-acting bronchodilators, singulair) you'll need that reliever inhaler no more than 2x/week. You'll get your life back. See your pcp, allergist or pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Asthma and allergies very bad lately. Inhaler helps but my right lung seems tighter than the left. Just started. Cause?

Asthma and allergies very bad lately. Inhaler helps but my right lung seems tighter than the left. Just started. Cause?

Asthma/allergies.: We are in allergy season right now. In the spring, a lot of foliage and flowers come to life again and release their allergens. Lots of people with seasonal allergies especially will suffer during the spring and fall. If your current medications are not helping, you may need an intensification of your treatment regimen. ...Read more

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My cough is bad from asthma I switched inhalers I think that's why its bad again could astma lead to worse stuff like cancer or blood clots?

My cough is bad from asthma I switched inhalers I think that's why its bad again could astma lead to worse stuff like cancer or blood clots?

Asthma: First you need to stop smoking! Then you need to be compliant with your inhalers for them to be effective. See a pulmonologist or allergist to help you control it. Cancer is a result of smoking not asthma, and so are blood clots, the more reasosns to quit! ...Read more

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Very bad asthma attack after working in musty basement 2 days ago. Inhaler helped but now having fevers/chills & body aches ever since. Due to asthma?

Very bad asthma attack after working in musty basement 2 days ago. Inhaler helped but now having fevers/chills & body aches ever since. Due to asthma?

Time for a visit: Call your doc and schedule a visit in the next few days. Asthma by itself should not trigger fever and chills. You may have been exposed to something a bit more worrisome than humidity in that basement. Infections are a common trigger to a flare in stable asthma. ...Read more

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I'm on Combivent, (albuterol and ipratropium) Albuterol inhaler PRN, Advair 500/50 & Singular. Is it a safe combo to be on long term? I have bad asthma and I'm prone to pneumonia

I'm on Combivent, (albuterol and ipratropium) Albuterol inhaler PRN, Advair 500/50 & Singular. Is it a safe combo to be on long term? I have bad asthma and I'm prone to pneumonia

Yes...: This is a safe med combo for treatment of asthma. You should rinse your mouth and spit it out after every Advair dose to prevent thrush, a complication of inhaled steroids. If your asthma exacerbations decrease over time, it is possible that your meds can be reduced (under doctor's supervision) but this combo is safe long-term. Be sure to never smoke! ...Read more

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My asthma has been bad lately and I can't seem to catch my breath but my inhaler helps. Would albuterol relieve dyspnea caused by a pulmonary embolism?

My asthma has been bad lately and I can't seem to catch my breath but my inhaler helps. Would albuterol relieve dyspnea caused by a pulmonary embolism?

See your MD: You need to see your MD to get your asthma under better control. Studies show that an inhaled corticosteroid will make the long term management of your asthma much easier. You need a full exam for your worsening dyspnea. Good luck. ...Read more

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Been checking up with the heart and lung doc lung says only Asthma. Just walking down stairs I get winded bad. Inhaler not helping had 6 palpitations in less than a minute today? What could it be? Got a full heart work up and it’s clear.

Been checking up with the heart and lung doc lung says only Asthma. Just walking down stairs I get winded bad. Inhaler not helping had 6 palpitations in less than a minute today? What could it be? Got a full heart work up and it’s clear.

I advise continued: Evaluation. If it's "only asthma" the inhalers should be having some effect. Maybe steroids/Prednisone will need to be considered. Full work up likely includes CT/MRI, exercise echocardiogram and/or cardiopulmonary exercise testing. While anxiety would not be my first consideration, it has to be considered as another possibility. At your young age, a definite cause should be found/treated. ...Read more

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I have asthma, two nights ago I had a really bad cough and my inhaler didn't really help, voice is raspy + quiet after talking, sore throat, itchy neck?

I have asthma, two nights ago I had a really bad cough and my inhaler didn't really help, voice is raspy + quiet after talking, sore throat, itchy neck?

Need evaluation: The description is entirely consistent with asthma exacerbation, despite poor response to (albuterol?) the previous night. This should be evaluated promptly a) to rule out alternative possibilities and b) to initiate appropriate therapy. Home peak flow monitoring and an asthma action plan are tools used for situations such as this (discuss with your doctor). ...Read more

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I was prescribed albuteral inhaler for asthma/upp resp. Started prednisone, tessalon perles and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Wheezing badly in chest. What can I do?

I was prescribed albuteral inhaler for asthma/upp resp. Started prednisone, tessalon perles and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Wheezing badly in chest. What can I do?

See doc ASAP: You need to see your doctor immediately or rush to the ER if doc is not available. Either your breathing problem is not from asthma or the treatment for asthma is inadequate. This problem requires immediate action and cannot wait till Monday. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it okay using oral inhaler for asthma or vising?

Can you tell me is it okay using oral inhaler for asthma or vising?

Asthma inhalers fine: Inhalers are a general term. There are several kind of asthma medications in inhalers. Some are used everyday, called control inhalers (inhaled steroids, or combinations with long-acting broncho-dilators). Other inhalers are called "rescue", treating acute symptoms (e.g. Albuterol). They are not to be used with vising. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe using oral inhaler for asthma or vising?

Vising?: Did you mean visine or vaporizing?
As for oral inhaler, the bronchodilator ones should not be used regularly as a maintenance medication since it may actually worsen your asthma. The steroid one can be safely used without or with a long-acting bronchodilator with little or no significant long term side effects except in very high doses. Either the nebulized or meter-dose ones are ok. ...Read more

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Do you think I should keep using my inhaler when I don't have asthma?

Do you think I should keep using my inhaler when I don't have asthma?

Asthma: It depends on your severity of asthma. If your asthma symptoms are severe or recur once every day preventative inhaler is discontinued than you'll need one. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had asthma my whole life (i am 46) and I took very poor care of myself using rescue inhalers 6-8 times?

What to do if I have had asthma my whole life (i am 46) and I took very poor care of myself using rescue inhalers 6-8 times?

6-8 times a day?: If this is what you mean you are not being controlled. Rescue inhalers are exactly that- for a rescue. I would first get tested by your physician to determine any damage from long term lack of control. Then follow his/her recommendations regarding treatment. The proper control can reduce lung damage.
Good Luck ...Read more

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What should I do if I have had asthma my whole life (i am 46) and I took very poor care of myself using rescue inhalers 6-8 times?

What should I do if I have had asthma my whole life (i am 46) and I took very poor care of myself using rescue inhalers 6-8 times?

Evaluation: Your doctor will be able to investigate whether your symptoms are due to asthma or not. If they are because of asthma, there are maintenance medications called inhaled corticosteroids that decrease the inflammation leading to asthma exacerbations which allow you to use your rescue inhaler less frequently. ...Read more

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I used to have asthma when I was a little kid. It went away after using my inhaler for a while. But now I think it came back. Is that possible?

I used to have asthma when I was a little kid. It went away after using my inhaler for a while. But now I think it came back. Is that possible?

Yes: There is no known cure for asthma but patients can have very long symptom-free intervals and then, suddenly, have an exacerbation. So, it is very possible to have asthma symptoms in childhood followed by a lengthy remission and then have symptoms again. See your physician as there are many meds available to control your symptoms. ...Read more

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What happens if someone is using an asthma inhaler, without asthma?

Should be fine: A one time accidental use would probably not result in any side effects. One use an inhaled steroid would cause negligible side effects. Using a bronchodilator, like albuterol, may cause one to get jittery. If one is concerned about adverse reaction then it would be appropriate to seek medical care. ...Read more

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What is the effect of using an asthma inhaler long-term?

What is the effect of using an asthma inhaler long-term?

Negligible: Side effects of asthma medications are less than side effects of uncontrolled asthma. Don't stop your inhalers without talking with your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for asthma. Iam using aerolin inhaler almost 5 to 7 puffs daily with one tablet pulmikast.

What is the best medicine for asthma. Iam using aerolin inhaler almost 5 to 7 puffs daily with one tablet pulmikast.

Each one to his own: For moderate to severe asthma, the medication usually includes an inhaled steroid and a long-acting bronchodilator. At times, singulair (montelukast) is also used. After that a trial of an anti-ige (allergy antibody) product may be considered. There is no single best treatment and thus it needs be tailored. Allergen avoidance is very important. See an allergist. ...Read more

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