How to Use an Asthma Inhaler

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

(casual background music) – Hi there, I am Judith and
I’m a respiratory therapist at the University of
Vermont Medical Center. And I want to tell you
today about the proper way to use your inhaler with a spacer device. First of all, you wanna take
the cap off your inhaler. Look inside for foreign objects. Then, you want to shake it
vigorously for about 10 seconds. Then you want to insert
it into the spacer. You want to position
your hands so they’re in a comfortable position,
and you can press straight down on the canister. Exhale fully. Let all the air out of your lungs. Put the mouthpiece of the
spacer into your mouth. Have a nice, tight seal. And press down once on the canister. Slowly breathe in, hold your breath for the count of 10. You can take the spacer out
of your mouth, and exhale. If your doctor has directed you to take a second puff, wait about 30
seconds before you do that. If you’re taking a steroid inhaler, it’s important to gargle and spit. Steroid inhalers can cause hoarseness or thrush in your mouth, so it’s important to follow these instructions. If you have any questions,
contact your provider. (casual background music)

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