Get Effective Delivery from Your Asthma Inhaler
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October

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


ASTHMA IS A
SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES THAT AFFECTS
APPROXIMATELY 26 MILLION AMERICANS.
INCLUDING 7.1 MILLION CHILDREN. MAY IS ASTHMA AND ALLERGY
AWARENESS MONTH. AND AS THE PARENTS, MANY
ASTHMATIC CHILDREN PROBABLY ALREADY KNOW, THERE IS NO CURE.
BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS, ASTHMA CAN BE CONTROLLED WITH A FEW
LIFESTYLE CHANGES AND BY MAKING SURE YOU ARE TAKING YOUR
MEDICATION CORRECTLY. AND WITH US TO DISCUSS ALL THIS
AND MORE IS ALLERGIST DR. JACQUELINE EGHRARI-SEBET,
FOUNDER AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF FAMILY ALLERGY AND ASTHMA CARE
IN MARYLAND. AND TONYA WINDERS, CEO OF
ALLERGY AND ASTHMA NETWORK MOTHERS OF ASTHMATICS.
GOOD MORNING TO BOTH OF YOU! THANK YOU.
FANTASTIC TO HAVE YOU HERE. AND DOCTOR, I WANT TO TURN TO
YOU FIRST.
EVERYONE CALLS YOU DOCTOR JACKIE.
SURE. THERE ARE A LOT OF
MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ASTHMA. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT ASTHMA IS
AND HOW IT AFFECTS THOSE WHO HAVE IT.
SURE. WELL, FIRST OF ALL, IT’S A
CHRONIC DISEASE. MEANING YOU HAVE IT EVERY DAY.
AND THE SYMPTOMS ARE COUGH OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR WEAZE.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE LUNGS ACTUALLY, IS THE INSIDE OF THE
LUNG GETS ALL SWOLLEN AND INFLAMED AND FULL OF MUCUS.
THE OUTSIDE OF THE LUNG HAS A GROUP OF MUSCLES THAT ARE
WRAPPED AROUND THAT SQUEEZE AND TIGHTEN.
AND THAT’S WHAT CAN ACTUALLY CAUSE YOU TO HAVE THE ATTACK.
SO, WHAT EXACTLY DOES THIS MEAN FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE AND WHAT
DO THEY REALLY NEED TO KNOW? THEY NEED TO KNOW THEY CAN LIVE
TOTALLY NORMAL LIVES. THEY CAN GO TO WORK, THEY CAN GO
TO SCHOOL. THEY CAN BE ON THE TRACK TEAM IF
THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. THEY NEED TO REALIZE THAT THEY
HAVE TO MANAGE THEIR ASTHMA WITH DAILY, DAILY MEDICATION.
AND THAT THEY CAN REALLY LESSEN THOSE ATTACKS AS A RESULT.
SO GOOD TO KNOW. AND TONYA, WHAT DO PARENTS OF
ASTHMATICS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KEEPING ASTHMA UNDER CONTROL?
PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS AND PATIENTS SPECIFICALLY NEED AN
ASTHMA ACTION PLAN AN ASTHMA ACTION PLAN IS A SINGLE DOCUMENT
THAT SORT OF OUTLINES THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA.
AS WELL AS THE SPECIFIC TRIGGERS FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL PATIENT.
THE ASTHMA ACTION PLAN IS A WONDERFUL TOOL THAT EXPLAINS
WHAT THEIR MEDICATIONS ARE, DAILY MEDICATIONS.
AS WELL AS QUICK RELIEVER MEDICATIONS FOR ATTACKS OR
EXASPERATIONS AS DR. JACKIE SPOKE ABOUT.
AND IT’S A WONDERFUL COMMUNICATION TOOL FOR PARENTS
AND CAREGIVERS TO COMMUNICATE WITH SCHOOL OR TEACHERS OR
GRANDMA OR GRANDPA. WHEN THEY ARE TAKING CARE OF THE
CHILD. SUCH IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
AND DOCTOR, WHAT TYPES OF ASTHMA MEDICATIONS ARE REALLY AVAILABLE
TO THOSE OUT THERE? SO, REMEMBER WHEN WE TALKED
ABOUT THE TWO THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN ASTHMA.
THE INFLAMMATION THAT HAPPENS DAILY.
THERE ARE MEDICATIONS THAT CAN CONTROL THAT INFLAMMATION.
THEY ARE MAINTENANCE MEDICATIONS.
THE OTHER IS TO HANDLE THE SQUEEZING THAT HAPPENS OFTEN
WITH AN ATTACK. AND THAT’S REALLY A RESCUE
MEDICATION. THOSE MEDICATIONS CAN COME AS A
METERED DOSE INHALER OR A PUFFER.
CLEARLY, USING A METERED DOSE IS MORE COMPLICATED THAN JUST
TAKING A PILL. SO, WHAT DO PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW?
WELL, THE FIRST THING THEY NEED TO KNOW, IS THAT IT IS
COMPLICATED. AND THAT THEY NEED TO BE TAUGHT
REALLY CORRECTLY HOW TO USE IT. OFTEN TIMES, I’LL HAVE PATIENTS
THAT WILL COME IN TO MY OFFICE AND
SAY THE THERAPY YOU PRESCRIBED FOR MY ASTHMA OR SOMEBODY ELSE
PRESCRIBED ISN’T WORKING. BEFORE I GO CHANGING THEM TO
ANOTHER MEDICATION, I’LL MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE USING IT
CORRECTLY. BECAUSE IF THE MEDICATION
DOESN’T ACTUALLY HIT THE TARGET OF THE LUNGS, THEN WE ARE NOT
GOING TO GET ANY SORT OF RELIEF OR EFFECT OF THE MEDICATION.
WHAT A VALVED HOLDING CHAMBER DOES, IS HELP YOU ACTUALLY
ADEQUATELY GET THE MEDICINE TO THE TARGET.
AND VALVED HOLDING CHAMBERS ARE IMPORTANT.
NOT ONLY FOR CHILDREN BUT ALSO FOR THE ELDERLY.
REALLY ANYONE WHO HAS DIFFICULTY WITH THAT BREATH COORDINATION OF
SPRAYING THE MEDICATION AND GETTING IT INTO THE LUNGS CAN
BENEFIT FROM A VALVED HOLDING CHAMBER.
AND TONYA, I SEE YOU’VE ACTUALLY BROUGHT ONE.
I HAVE. TO SHOW US.
THIS IS THE AEROCHAMBER PLUS FLOW-VU VALVED HOLDING
CHAMBER. AEROCHAMBER IS A PRESCRIPTION
ONLY DEVICE INTENDED TO BE USED BY PATIENTS TO DELIVER AIR
SLIDES MEDICATION FOR MOST PRESSURIZED MDI’S.
I HAVE A LOT MORE QUESTIONS FOR BOTH OF YOU.
AND WHEN WE COME BACK WE’LL LEARN MORE ABOUT ASTMA AND SOME
TIPS TO HELP YOU BE SURE YOU ARE USING YOUR INHALER CORRECTLY,
DON’T GO AWAY. THERE’S MUCH MORE TO COME WHEN
THE BALANCING ACT CONTINUES. WE’RE BACK AND
WE’RE CONTINUING OUR DISCUSSION WITH DR. EGHRARI-SABET,
FOUNDER AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF FAMILY
ALLERGY AND ASTHMA CARE. AND TONYA WINDER, CEO OF ALLERGY
AND ASTHMA NETWORK MOTHERS OF ASTHMATICS.
WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HELPING MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS GETTING THE
ASTHMA MEDICATION THEY NEED FROM THEIR INHALER.
AND THESE INHALERS DELIVER A PUFF OF MEDICATION VERY FAST.
SOMETIMES TOO FAST FOR A CHILD TO CATCH.
AND BREATH INTO THEIR LUNGS, RIGHT?
YES. ACTUALLY SURPRISINGLY, SOMETIMES
THESE SPRAYS CAN COME OUT AT UP TO 60 MPH.
OH MY. AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT MUCH OF
THAT MEDICATION THEN GOES INTO THE ROOF OF THE MOUTH OR THE
BACK OF THE THROAT. AND SO IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT
THE ASTHMA MEDICATIONS REACH THE LUNGS TO WORK CORRECTLY AND
APPROPRIATELY. AND THAT’S HOW THE VALVED
HOLDING CHAMBERS HELP.
VERY IMPORTANT AND BEFORE THE BREAK WE SPOKE ABOUT AN OPTION
CALLED THE AEROCHAMBER PLUS
FLOW-VU VALVED HOLDING CHAMBER, WHICH CAN HELP PATIENTS
GET THE BENEFIT FROM THEIR TREATMENT BY HELPING TO
CORRECTLY DELIVER THE MEDICATION.
DOCTOR, HOW DOES THIS WORK AND WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE ABOUT IT?
SO, LET’S BREAK THAT DOWN. WHAT DOES VALVE HOLDING CHAMBER
MEAN? SO THERE’S A VALVE THAT WHEN YOU
BREATH IN YOU WILL ALLOW THE MEDICATION TO COME INTO YOUR
LUNGS. THE HOLDING CHAMBER WILL HOLD
THE MEDICATION. THE NICE THING IS THAT THIS IS
ENGINEERED SO THAT THE MEDICATION DOESN’T STICK TO THE
WALL OF THE CHAMBER. WHEN YOU USE IT, YOU’LL INHALE
DEEPLY. IF YOU DO THAT TOO FAST OR TOO
HARD. THEIR WILL BE A WHISTLE.
THINK OF THAT LIKE AN ALARM. IT’S TELLING YOU TO SLOW DOWN.
WOW! AND TONYA WHAT CAN YOU TELL US
ABOUT THE AEROCHAMBER PLUS FLOW-VU VALVED HOLDING CHAMBER
THERE? SO, AEROCHAMBER IS THE ONLY
VALVED HOLDING CHAMBER THAT HAS THE FLOW-VU INDICATOR.
IT SHOWS THE INHALATION OF THE MEDICATION FOR BOTH THE PATIENT
AND CAREGIVER. PARENTS CAN SEE THE CHILD IS
RECEIVING THE MEDICATION. AND IF FACT, IT’S ALSO BPA FREE.
AND HAS THE COMFORT SEAL MASK. THE MASK COMES IN SEVERAL
DIFFERENT SIZES AND ALTHOUGH IT MAY LOOK LIKE A TOY, IT TRULY IS
NOT. AND IT SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT
UNATTENDED WITH CHILDREN. THERE ARE STEP BY STEP
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE THE AEROCHAMBER PLUS FLOW-VU
VALVED HOLDING CHAMBER AT AEROCHAMBERVHC.COM
AND WHAT DO WE DO FOR CLEANING AND
MAINTENANCE? SO, THE NICE THING ABOUT THE
DEVICE IS THAT IT IS DISHWASHER SAFE.
GREAT! AND IN FACT, YOU CAN TAKE IT
APART AND PUT EACH PIECE INTO, EACH COMPONENT, INTO THE
DISHWASHER. AND WHEN YOU DO SO, THE
IMPORTANT THING IS TO REMEMBER JUST TO DO ON THE NORMAL WAS
CYCLE. IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT IT
SHOULD NOT BE BOILED, STERILIZED OR CLEANED IN A DISHWASHER AT A
TEMPERATURE ABOVE 158 DEGREES. BECAUSE THE PRODUCT MAY BE
PERMANENTLY DAMAGED. IN OTHER WORDS, AVOID HIGH
TEMPERATURES CYCLES. JUST CHOOSE THE NORMAL REGULAR
WASH OPTION. AND DOCTOR, IS THE ARROW CHAMBER
OBTAINABLE BY PRESCRIPTION? YES.
AND IN FACT, YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR THAT
PRESCRIPTION WHEN YOU GO TO YOUR NEXT VISIT.
YOU CAN GET AN AEROCHAMBER USUALLY ONCE EVERY 6 MONTHS.
IT’S COVERED BY ALMOST EVERY INSURANCE.
BE SURE TO REPLACE IT AT LEAST YEARLY UNLESS IT’S BROKEN.
AND THEN REPLACE IT MORE THAN THAT.
GOOD TO KNOW. AND TONYA, ANY ADVICE WHEN
APPROACHING YOUR DOCTOR? IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO DISCUSS THE
MEDICATION BUT ALSO THE VALVED HOLDING CHAMBER WITH YOUR
DOCTOR. AND DETERMINE WHICH ONE IS THE
BEST ONE FOR YOU. WELL, THIS HAS BEEN SO
INSIGHTFUL TO ME. I DON’T THINK THIS WAS AVAILABLE
YEARS AGO WHEN MY DAUGHTER HAD ASTHMA.
SO, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING IN TODAY.
AND FOR SHARING ALL THIS GREAT INFORMATION WITH US.
GREAT. THANK YOU.
ALRIGHT, AND IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE, SIMPLY VISIT US AT
THEBALANCINGACT.COM OR SHARE
WITH US ANYTHING RELATED TO THE TOPIC OF ASTHMA.
ESPECIALLY, IF YOU HAVE A CHILD WITH ASTHMA.
AND HOW THEY ARE TAKING THEIR MEDICATION BY LOGGING ON TO
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