You, or someone you know, may suffer from
asthma, a chronic lung disease that affects your airways, which are tubes that carry air
in and out of your lungs. You may know that inhalers are a common treatment tool that
assist with this condition. But what exactly IS an inhaler and what does it do to help?
Most asthma medicines are taken using a device called an inhaler. An inhaler allows the medicine
to go directly to your lungs. Not all inhalers are used the same way. Your doctor or another
health care provider should show you the right way to use your inhaler. It is important
that you inhale each dose as your doctor has prescribed. The prescription label
provided by your pharmacist will usually tell you what dose to take and how often. Most people who have asthma need to take long-term
control medicines daily to help prevent symptoms. People who have asthma also need quick-relief,
or rescue, medicines to help relieve asthma symptoms that may flare up. Some inhalers
may have potential side effects including upper airway infection or inflammation, throat
irritation and a hoarse voice among others. Consult with your doctor if you notice anything
out of the ordinary.