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What is the proper way to use an inhaler?

What is the proper way to use an inhaler?

Use a spacer: The easiest way to use an inhaler is with a spacer. You're much more likely to do it correctly. The inhalation for an hfa inhaler is a slow inhalation through the spacer. Dry powder inhalers are used differently, so make sure you review with your doctor or pharmacist the proper way for your inhaler. ...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


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What is the best way to get an elder to use eye drops daily?

What is the best way to get an elder to use eye drops daily?

Add it to routine: That's a million dollar question that pharmaceutical companies and doctors have been trying to figure out. I usually tell my pts to do it with something they do daily: eating dinner, watching the news, taking other medicine, brushing their teeth. I try to avoid right before bed, because alot of times they just fall asleep before taking their drops.... ...Read more

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What is the best way to get used to an artificial hip?

What is the best way to get used to an artificial hip?

Hip: Consider a team, guided approach with progressive increased activity as tolerated and provided by your orthopedic surgeon, pt, and ot teams. Start with walker, progress to cane, work to master stairs. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take care of an allergy-induced cough?

What is the best way to take care of an allergy-induced cough?

Allergy: Number one advise for any kind of allergy is avoidance- if you know the allergen. It can be specific food, house dust mite, smoke, strong odor, outdoor allergen/pollen, exposure to mold/damp environment, animals, occupational exposure, etc. Allergy testing is one way to find it out. There are otc and rx allergy medication. Before using medication consult your doctor to find out the cause. ...Read more

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What is the best way for an asthmatic child to inhale when using the nebulizer machine?

What is the best way for an asthmatic child to inhale when using the nebulizer machine?

Breathe normally: The nebulizer spreads the medication dose over about 5 to 10 minutes. The child should breathe normally through the mask attached to the machine. Tip- if the child is sitting upright so that the medication cup is upright, the whole system works better. ...Read more

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What is the best way to put an end to this wheezing with asthma without my inhaler?

What is the best way to put an end to this wheezing with asthma without my inhaler?

Need inhaler: The preferred treatment for relief of asthma symptoms including cough, wheezing, chest tightness is albuterol by inhaler or nebulizer. Avoiding the trigger (smoke, etc) can help and remaining calm will help, but asthma can be serious (life-threatening) and delaying treatment with medications can lead to poor outcomes. ...Read more

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What is the best way to use honey for an irratated throat?

What is the best way to use honey for an irratated throat?

Options: Can just take it off a spoon, like a lolli, or can put it in hot tea (with lemon if think may be viral infection causing it). ...Read more

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What is the proper way to apply Flonase spray?

What is the proper way to apply Flonase spray?

Nasal spray: Sounds easy but commonly misused. The correct way is to insert it into the nose and tilt it toward the ear then squirt twice; repeat with other nostril do not inhale it. Wipe lightly after use. That's it. Usually see results in 2-7 days. Works best if used daily. ...Read more

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What is the proper way to use prescription magic mouthwash?

What is the proper way to use prescription magic mouthwash?

As prescribed: It really depends on your dentists directions. But with the magic mouthwash that i prescribe, the directions are to shake bottle well, swish in mouth for 1-2 minutes, then swallow. This should be done every 4 to 6 hours. ...Read more

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What is the best way to give an enema?

What is the best way to give an enema?

GOOGLE IT: To save you time I did it for you http://www.ehow.com/how_6584030_do-give-myself-enema-home_.html ...Read more

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What is a good way (without medicine) to clean the lungs?

What is a good way (without medicine) to clean the lungs?

Deep breathing: The best you can do is slow deep breaths especially against resistance with a respiratory coach if available. Don't breath so fast you hyperventilate and pass out please. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat an earache?

What is the best way to treat an earache?

First, diagnosis: Ear ache or otalgia may be caused by a number of disorders. If your hearing has not changed and you are not a q-tip user, it is most likely that your ear is not the site of the pain. Tmd or disorders related to the muscles of mastication are the most common problems causing ear ache in the absence of ear disorders. You first need a diagnosis by and ENT doctor before you proceed. Heat, analgesic. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat an earache while pregnant?

What is the best way to treat an earache while pregnant?

See your doc: If it is infected, you will need to get it treated no matter what. Your doctor can give you the safest treatment during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How is the best way to change and clean an urostomy?

How is the best way to change and clean an urostomy?

Skin protection: Usual problem is skin irritation , excoriation due to poorly fitted stomal bag, follow instructions ( advice ) of your ostomy care provider, protect the skin , use correct size stomal bag and prevent leak. ...Read more

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What is the best way to put an end to a masturbation addiction?

What is the best way to put an end to a masturbation addiction?

Some Questions: I'm going to think of this more neutrally, as simply some "behavior." my questions then: when r u engaging in it? What thoughts, emotions, situations r triggering it? What are ur judgments about this behavior? What is ur understanding of how much of this behavior others ur age/life circumstances engage in? What do u think would need 2b different about u or ur life 2 make u feel less "addicted"? ...Read more

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What is the proper way to sleep?

What is the proper way to sleep?

Sleep hygiene: Keep a good sleep hygiene that can improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. The best sleeping position is either on the back or the side. Both positions support the spine and the neck and helping to prevent injuries in the future. ...Read more

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What is the best toothpaste to use to relieve pain?

What is the best toothpaste to use to relieve pain?

Sensodyne: A tooth can be sensitive for many reasons. If cavities has been ruled out, then sensitivities can be due to gum recession once gum recedes, cementum is exposed. Sensodyne can be helpful. If the senssitivy does not go away after few weeks, you need to make an appointement and check with your dentist. ...Read more

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What is the proper way to use an inhaler?

Use a spacer: The easiest way to use an inhaler is with a spacer. You're much more likely to do it correctly. The inhalation for an hfa inhaler is a slow inhalation through the spacer. Dry powder inhalers are used differently, so make sure you review with your doctor or pharmacist the proper way for your inhaler. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use someone elses inhaler?

Is it ok to use someone elses inhaler?

NO: If you need inhalers then go see your md and determine why you need the inhaler. Asthma can be deadly and one needs the right medications. If other issues with breathing they can be chronic. One needs to have the correct diagnosis. Do not use other peoples drug! not all that wheezes is asthma. ...Read more

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How old must a child be to use an inhaler?

Need deep inhalation: If they can follow the instruction and take the deep breathe to send the medicine down all the way, then they will have the benefits of the medicine, otherwise it won't be helpful. They have to hold the lips around the mouth piece good enough to inhale the medicine. If they can't, then treatment with nebulizer can give the medication continuously to the airways. ...Read more

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Can i still use an inhaler that has expired?

Can i still use an inhaler that has expired?

Sometimes.: If they are a few day expired then not a big deal, get a new prescription. Older ones will not be as effective anymore. So stay up to date on dates and follow with your md. If this is a rescue inhaler then you are doing fine since you don't use that much. ...Read more

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How many times a day should I use my inhaler?

Different inhalers: Steroid inhalers, inhalers with long acting broncholdilators (salmetrol) are different. ...Read more

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If I drop my inhaler in the toilet can I still use it?

If I drop my inhaler in the toilet can I still use it?

Really?: You would actually put it back in your mouth after it fell in the toilet? Really? Get a new one. ...Read more

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It's okay to use this inhaler just a bit more than prescribed right?

Inadequate info: Don't know which inhaler you are referring to. Your physician or pharmacist can help with this question. ...Read more

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I get asthma attacks evey morning.Is there a way that i can do without the use of my inhaler not to get such attacks?

I get asthma attacks evey morning.Is there a way that i can do without the use of my inhaler not to get such attacks?

??plan??: If the only thing you are doing is a rescue inhaler, you do not have a good asthma plan. You need to be on a maintenance med, which can also be an inhaler, that reduces the frequency of your events. Get back with your doc and modify your plan. ...Read more

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Can use inhaler with musinex?

Can use inhaler with musinex?

Yes: Mucinex is a mucolytic (guaifenesin) inhalers are of different kind. Bronchodilators, steroids, etc. None will interfere with it. ...Read more

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How do I use a metered-dose inhaler?

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 more

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Can we use inhalers instead of nebulizer?

Depends on situation: Most patients over 4 years of age can be transitioned into inhalers.Sometimes a spacer chamber is needed, but most nebulizer meds are also available by inhaler. ...Read more

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Is it okay for to use inhaler for my bronchitis?

Is it okay for to use inhaler for my bronchitis?

Yes but not alone: An inhaler such as albuterol will help open the airways but an anti-inflammatory and antibiotics are also necessary. Sometimes an oral or IV steriod is used. Antibiotics for infection plus bronchodilators plus steroids. On discharge, spiriva, pressair, advair or symbacort may help lessen the occurances. Bronchitis is inlfammtion of the bronchi which cause airway obstructin and breathing issues. ...Read more

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How much is too much use of an inhaler for a 15 year old boy?

How much is too much use of an inhaler for a 15 year old boy?

What kind?: You need to specify what kind of an inhaler, they contain different types of medicines, ask the prescriber / the pharmacist, best wishes ...Read more

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What is bronchitis, and when would you need to use inhalers if you've never needed inhalers before?

What is bronchitis, and when would you need to use inhalers if you've never needed inhalers before?

You might need them: Bronchitis is a non specific inflammation of the upper airways. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses and allergies among other causes. An antibiotic is usually used to treat a bacterial infection of the airways and in addition sometimes a short-acting beta 2 agonist like albuterol is used to open back up airways that have become constricted due to the inflammation. ...Read more

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I have breathing problem in morning.But get relief when time goes.I have inhaler with me.Is it essential to use it when breathing problem starts?

I have breathing problem in morning.But get relief when time goes.I have inhaler with me.Is it essential to use it when breathing problem starts?

Asthma?: What type of inhaler do you have? If the breathing problem occurs frequently, you may need a "controller" in addition to your "rescue inhaler". Check with your physician. ...Read more

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In the last couple of days I have to use my inhaler every two hours. I have seen mushroom type things growing in my bathroom. Can this be the cause?

In the last couple of days I have to use my inhaler every two hours. I have seen mushroom type things growing in my  bathroom. Can this be the cause?

Possibly : Reactive airway disease can have many triggers including fungal and mold spores. You should have someone else remove them for you and clean the area with chlorine bleach. Keeping the humidity level as low as possible will help prevent further fungal growth. ...Read more