Asthma inhaler 101

Asthma Inhaler 101 MainKids (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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

You can find other helpful information about asthma on the Children’s website.

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.

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One Response to Asthma inhaler 101

  1. Bianca July 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    That sure was a fun way to know how to use an inhaler. Thanks for sharing the video though it’s not really that in real life (I mean the fun part).

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