Asthma-Are You Using Your Inhaler Correctly?
Recent studies indicate that those who suffer from asthma may be incorrectly using their inhalers.
According to an article from Reuters Health, in a study conducted of 100 people who were hospitalized for asthma or a lung disease such as emphysema, most showed some problems in the way they were using their inhalers.
Most doctors indicate problems with the metered dose inhalers and the Diskus inhalers. Patients tended to misuse the metered dose inhalers more often then the Diskus inhalers.
Lead Researcher Dr. Valerie G. Press of the University of Chicago said this about the usage of these two types of inhalers With metered-dose inhalers, people have to inhale slowly, for example, while the Diskus device requires a sharp inhalation.
Dr. Press also suggests that those who are suffering from asthma take their inhalers to their doctors appointments and have them critique the way in which you are using it or have the doctor demonstrate the correct way of using it.