What Makes an Inhaler so Important?February 25, 2014

The Importance of Your Inhaler

Asthma is a debilitating condition that causes people to not be able to breathe deeply. Those who have more minor forms of asthma may have trouble exercising or completing other tasks requiring physical exertion. People who have more severe forms of asthma can actually die due to not being able to breathe. Asthma inhalers are one of the most commonly prescribed treatments given to those with asthma at an allergy clinic or allergy center. These inhalers have had a significant impact not only on the way that asthma is treated, but they have also had a significant impact on the lives of asthma sufferers.

Woman with Inhaler

How Inhalers Work
Proper inhaler use provides a burst of measured medicine that the user breathes into his or her lungs. The medicine that the inhaler will provide will be determined by an allergy center physician who will advise the patient on the use of the inhaler. In a rescue inhaler, the medicine works quickly to open restricted airways in the lungs and allow the user to breathe normally. In a controller inhaler, medicine is periodically delivered to the lungs to reduce or prevent asthma attacks. A physician at an allergy center will determine what type of inhaler a person should use to best treat his or her specific condition.

Inhaler Benefits
Allergy clinic physicians frequently recommend inhaler use due to the number of benefits of using an inhaler use. Inhalers are easy to store and transport allowing asthma sufferers to enjoy traveling, outdoor activities and exercising without the fear of a debilitating asthma attack. This is especially important for people whose asthma is triggered or worsened by allergies. Inhaler use allows a person to live a life more free from the fear of an asthma attack. Inhalers also make it easy for allergy clinic physicians to change the medication or dosage of the inhaler when needed.

Complementary Treatments
Asthma inhalers can also be used with a variety of other treatment options. This allows allergy clinic staff to work with patients to reduce the occurrences of asthma attacks, while the patient still has the inhaler to use when needed. This is important as an allergy center may want to test a patient for allergies and use oral medications or injections to treat specific allergies. It can take some time for the proper medicine to be found and to begin working to prevent the allergies, but the inhaler allows the patient to have an effective medicine to treat an asthma attack.

The staff of Allergy and Clinical is well versed in a variety of allergy and asthma treatment options including inhaler use. Located in Pittsburgh, PA, the staff has years of experience helping area residents to live comfortably in an area with many airborne allergens and pollutants than can impact asthma and allergy sufferers.