If you are the patient of asthma, and immediately you feel shortness of breath, you could not get sufficient oxygen and you start choking, it is your inhaler that comes to the rescue. It takes a few puffs of the inhaler to recover you from shortness of breath. This is why now it is called rescue inhaler.
A type of inhaler that releases medication within the patient’s mouth to relieve him from asthma attacks. Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs by narrowing the passage which is in the form of the tube also called bronchial tube. It also causes inflammation in the airways resulting in the symptoms like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest etc. A cough that is linked to asthma is more common in morning and evening. Since asthma is incurable, it could be controlled with proper management and safety measures.
What exactly are the rescue inhalers?
The beta-agonist bronchodilator is the most common types of rescue inhalers. They work in a quick way and give relief to the patients of asthma. They provide short-acting, rapid relief when any of the symptoms of asthma arise. The signs may be coughing, wheezing or any other. One of the most frequently used inhalers is albuterol, that is only available by prescription and is one of the most effective beta-agonists. Some other remedies are aerocort inhaler, beclate Rotacaps, Theo Asthalin etc. These drugs work wonderfully by relaxing the bronchial smooth muscles in the lung and open the airways allowing more oxygen in as you breathe.
How to take the inhaler?
The process of using the inhaler sounds simple but sometimes it is not as easy as it looks. The relief depends on how much puffs you take and when you take them. These two factors could either make your condition better or it could worsen them.
It is advisable to take one or two inhalations within four to six hours when the symptoms like tightening of the chest, wheezing or other signs persists. If you are taking the inhaler, you need to take a slow breath in, while simultaneously squeezing the inhaler to provide the dose, then you are required to hold the breath for few seconds. Sometimes, people use the inhaler the wrong way due to which they could not get the adequate amount of medicine that they require. People put the inhaler in their mouth and they don’t squeeze the inhaler to deliver the dose. They don’t hold their breath or they also squirt in in their mouth and then they breathe from their nose so that medicine does not get to the lungs which is completely a wrong process. This is the reason that if you want to get proper relief, it is advisable to use the inhaler correctly.
Side Effects of an Inhaler:
There are various side effects of an inhaler as well that persist after the intake:
- Shaky Feeling
- Upset Stomach
- Trouble in sleeping
Do not leave home without Rescue inhaler:
If you are asthma patient, it is strongly recommended not to leave the inhaler at home if you are going. This is a great medication to relieve you from the symptoms, try not to forget it anywhere anytime.
Still, in a worse condition, if you forget it and you have no access to medical care, you can rely on some home remedies for a short period of time. It has been found that a cup of tea or coffee has helped in reducing the asthma symptoms. If you are without your inhaler, you can take slow deep breaths, relax, take a hot shower and breathe in warm air. It could also help you in improving your shortness of breath. But, again it has always been recommended to keep the inhaler with you always.