Asthma how-to: How to use an inhaler with a spacer and mask

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , /

Metered dose inhalers, which are also commonly
called “puffers or inhalers”, spray the medicine out so that you can breathe it deep
into the lungs. Inhalers deliver medicine very quickly. Inhalers are compact and light– so they
can be easily taken with you wherever you go. It’s very important to use your inhaler
the correct way to make sure the medicine gets deposited in the lungs, where it works
the best. Incorrect technique can leave some of the
particles from the medicine on your tongue or throat, where it won’t help at all. A spacer, or holding chamber, is an attachment
that should always be used with your inhaler. The spacer holds the medicine in place so
you can breathe it in easier. Now let’s demonstrate how to correctly use
a spacer and face mask. Spacers with a mask on one end are used for
smaller kids and babies. First, remove the cap from the bottom of your
inhaler. When you get your new inhaler from the pharmacy,
you need to “prime” or “waste” it by spraying the medicine into the air 4 times. Now, fit your inhaler into the opening at
the end of the spacer. Shake the inhaler well for 10 seconds. Place mask tightly over nose and mouth. Push down on the inhaler once. Now the medicine is inside the spacer. Breathe in and out six times through the mask. Rinse your mouth out with water, or brush
teeth, or get a drink after using controller medicines, such as inhaled steroids. Many times, the correct dose of your medicine
will be to inhale 2 puffs. If this is what is prescribed for you, then
wait one minute after the first puff, and then follow all of the steps again Clean the plastic holder of the inhaler each
week. For inhalers with a built-in counter do not
remove the metal canister. Use a cotton swab to clean the opening where
the medicine sprays out of the canister. For inhalers without a built-in counter, run
warm water through it, shake off water and set overnight to dry. Clean the spacer and mask each week by soaking
in warm soapy water for 15 minutes and run water through it, shake off water and set
overnight to dry. Remember if you have questions, call your
doctor’s office, asthma care team or pharmacy.

12 thoughts on “Asthma how-to: How to use an inhaler with a spacer and mask

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  2. My son is 10 months and is suppose to start flovent, not looking forward to cleaning out his mouth since he can't rinse yet, he will hate it :S
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