How does an asthma inhaler help a person with asthma breathe?

Opens breathing tube. Inhaled medications (bronchodialtors) like albuterol, help relax the muscular spasm around the bronchi or breathing tubes. This form of rescue medication can provide rapid relief or prevention of symptoms. Other medications like steroids or steroid/bronchodilator combinations also come in metered dose inhaler form.
Depends. Asthma inhalers either cause bronchodilators (increasing the airway diameter) or decrease inflammation in the airway muscle (anti inflammatory effect). Broadly the two types are known as bronchodilators or inhaled corticosteroids.
Inhaled Steroids. Since asthma has an inflammatory nature, the use of inhaled steroids (cortisone) can minimize inflammation and reduce the severity and number of attacks.

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I have asthma. Tiotropium suppose to be COPD inhaler but somehow it helps me breath better a little. Is it ok to take it with asthma inhaler ventolin?

Yes. altrhough milder than albuterol but complements through a different pathway & enhances beta2 agonists job. Read more...
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Some water went down my windpipe and am coughing. Afraid of secondary drowning but I can breathe ok now. Will my asthma inhaler help if im still wheezing after awhile? Also getting a headache that doesnt mean water is on my brain does it?

Water in trachea. The water in your wind pipe (trachea) will not drown you but will cause coughing at the time amid could transiently aggravate your asthma so the use of your inhaler in this setting would be helpful. The headache does not mean water on the brain. The headache is likely from the coughing and will pass. You will be ok. . Read more...

Shortness of breath that started from sore throat chest xray clear had this for 8 weeks never had asthma. Inhaler doesn't help neither do steroids?

You could still. have pneumonia. If your chest xray was taken several days or weeks back, it may not have detected signs of pneumonia yet. If the treatment you were Rx isn't working you should really go back to your doctor for another complete exam. If you develop worsening chest pain, difficulty/fast breathing, or any other worsening symptoms, you should be seen immediately. Read more...