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Spacer Devices For Asthma Inhalers
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 breath does not return to the holding chamber. (1) activate inhaler (2) begin inhaling within 1 second (3) inhale slowly to a count of 5 (1, one thousand, 2...) (4) hold breath to count of 10 (5) exhale (6) wait 30 seconds (7) repeat with 2nd dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more
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, especially young children. One of the most common reasons someone might feel an inhaler is not helping their asthma is due to using the mdi incorrectly. Spacers work as holding chambers between the inhaler and the patient to better inhale the med. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My friend has asthma, and I tested my PEF with his microlife device as 435L/min. A chart says I should be over 600 at my height and age. Worrisome?
Perhaps: PEF or PFR is highly effort-dependent and is not used for diagnostic purpose. Since you have no respiratory symptoms , the value was likely due to poor effort or leakage. However, if you have a family history of asthma or have hay fever or eczema problems, a lung function test should be seriously considered. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: If the child only has asthma with exercise, then an albuterol inhaler used prior to exertion will improve exercise performance. However do make sure that the child is truly free of asthma when resting since this is the age when accelerating lung growth begins. See an allergist if there is any question. ...Read more
Not an easy answer: For immediate relief of coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath use albuterol or a similar bronchodilator. For control of underlying airway inflammation and if you require albuterol more than twice weekly use an inhaled corticosteroid or a combination of inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting bronchodilator. Best advice: discuss with your primary care physician, a pulmonologist or an allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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