Are you using the inhaler correctly?

Are you using the inhaler correctly

Inhalers are a common treatment for respiratory diseases. It is very effective for lung problems like asthma and COPD. Salbutamol, an inhaler-delivered steroid-like medicine, effectively treats and prevents respiratory problems.

However, it can be seen that many patients do not want to take inhalers, or even if they agree to take them, they do not use them for a long time. One of the reasons for this is not knowing the correct rules for using the inhaler and being uncomfortable with it.

Rules for using inhalers:

When a doctor prescribes an inhaler to a patient, they must teach the patient how to use it. Many patients report on follow-up a few days after using the inhaler that there was no improvement. When asked to show him how he took the inhaler, it shows that he does not know the correct rule.

The inhaler can be used easily if you remember the following step-by-step procedures:

1. Shake the inhaler a little before taking.

2. Take a big breath and release the breath.

3. Open the mouthpiece cover of the inhaler and place the mouthpiece in the mouth.

4. Pressing the canister upwards will force the gas into the mouth. You just need to press once; there is no need to press repeatedly.

5. Take a long breath in with the gas inside.

6. Hold the breath for 5 to 10 seconds.

7. Then release the breath.

8. After some time, another pressure should be applied in the same manner.

It is best to purge shortly after taking an inhaler, especially with steroid inhalers.

Inhalers can be easily taken through a spacer device if you can’t take them the normal way. Apart from this, there is also a system to inhale the gas by crushing the capsule medicine. The doctor will select the inhaler method, considering the overall condition of the patient.

These respiratory diseases can be controlled very well if the correct rules of inhalation are followed. As the incidence of these problems increases, especially in the winter, one should be careful about this.

Dr. Saif Hussain Khan, Medicine Consultant, Popular Diagnostic Centre, Dhanmondi

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