People with asthma often use inhalers (also called puffers) to take their medications. A spacer (also sometimes called a holding chamber) is a device that makes using an inhaler easier and more effective. It attaches to the inhaler on one end and to a mouthpiece or mask on the other end. When the medication from the inhaler is released into the spacer, it's held inside until it's slowly inhaled through the mouthpiece or mask. It doesn't require special coordination that the use of an inhaler alone requires. A spacer also helps deliver the medication to the airways - instead of the mouth and throat - where it can work better with fewer side effects.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995–2014 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.
Find out by selecting your child’s symptom or health condition in the list below:
In This Issue
Download Fall 2014 (PDF)
Miracle Season, hosted by Dan Lewis and Molly Shen, aired Dec. 7, 2014 on KOMO 4 TV. The annual holiday special celebrates the remarkable lives of Seattle Children's patients. To donate now, visit https://giveto.seattlechildrens.org
This 30-second video features Dr. Samuel R. Browd, attending neurosurgeon and medical director of Seattle Children’s Sports Concussion Program, defining concussion, listing the signs and urging you to get medical care right away if you think your child may have a concussion.
In early 2014, Microsoft reached an incredible giving milestone with Seattle Children’s – $5 million donated! Microsoft supports our efforts in so many ways: matching employee gifts, corporate grants, in-kind contributions and more. Thanks to the generosity of this amazing company, headquartered in our community, the Science Adventure Lab has the...