Know your medication – Asthma Inhalers (Puffers)
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects people of any age and is generally considered to be incurable but livable with. With correct monitoring and treatment, asthma should not be a life-threatening illness – and even when it is, only a small percentage of sufferers have severe enough asthma to warrant special measures.
Understanding your asthma is the key to controlling it and you can do this by learning how to use your MDI inhalers correctly. By doing this your Asthma should not dominate your life no matter how severe your asthma is. Most sufferers continue with their usual lives with no issues whatsoever.
My Daughter is a prime example of someone who has chronic asthma, but lives a normal life. In fact when a child, she swam, was in a dance troupe, doing jazz ballet, had a pony on which she went riding everyday. Groomed and mucked out the stables. Granted, there times if she caught a virus, where she was slowed down some, however, life went on as normal as she was given her medication correctly and ALWAYS had her Reliever/Rescue Inhaler at arms length.
One must realize that when properly medicated, asthma is, for the majority, easily dealt with.
The key weapons in your arsenal against asthma are your inhalers – you must have a complete understanding of your medication or your child’s medication.
The first step in getting to know your metered dose inhaler is to understand the medicine that it contains. Asthma medications are divided into 2 types:
Preventative inhalers are exactly as the name suggests, and are to be used as prevention rather than a cure for asthma. They tend to be steroid-based, and are designed to prevent asthma attacks.
“Reliever or “Rescue” Inhalers”
If the preventative inhaler has not been able to fully do its job, the reliever steps in. The reliever is the inhaler you need when you are suffering an attack or when the symptoms of a pending attack are present and is designed to combat the problem quickly and effectively.
I will not go into which is which and how to identify which one etc in this blog post, as different countries have different colored inhalers plus each person is an individual will have an asthma plan to suit THEIR needs. (If you do have one, you need to talk to your doctor!)
I advise you to speak to your Respiratory Physician to ensure you know which inhaler is which and how and when to take if effectively, plus ask for a Patient Advice sheet on each medication, so you fully understand what each inhaler contains, any side effects – for instance my daughter used to get the shakes for a few minutes after taking one particular medication – this apparently was normal so the more you know about the medication being prescribed the better.
Until Next time,
I wish you and yours the best of Health!
Follow Us on Twitter
It is important to note that information contained in this post is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner