Kids (and parents): meet your asthma inhaler.
You probably already have instructions from doctors, nurses and others on how to use the asthma inhaler to get medication into your lungs. But Heather Fay, a registered respiratory therapist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, says everyone could use a little “Asthma Inhaler 101” every now and then.
The right and wrong ways to use an asthma inhaler
This fun and informative video shows how to use an asthma inhaler the right and wrong ways.
Are there different kinds of asthma inhalers?
Heather says there are two types of asthma inhalers, one for daily use and another for sudden asthma symptoms:
- Controller inhaler – This gives you a drug called “corticosteroids,” which helps stop swelling in the parts of the body that help you breathe. This type of inhaler is used for children who need help with their asthma every day. Learn more about controller inhalers.
- Rescue inhaler – This gives you a drug called a “bronchodilator,” which widens spaces in your body where air goes. People don’t use this every day. Instead, they use it when they’re coughing, wheezing or short of breath. Learn more about rescue inhalers.
Watch this clip about asthma from Good Morning Texas on WFAA Channel 8. In it, Rebecca Gruchalla, M.D., Ph.D., a doctor from UT Southwestern who treats patients at Children’s, discusses asthma as part of Asthma Awareness Month, which happens every May.