-lurz) work to get medicine right into your
, where it can help stop breathing problems related to asthma.
Inhalers are small and easily fit into your pocket or backpack.
Research shows that even young kids can use inhalers, especially
when they're used with a
There are two types of inhalers:
are the most common. They spray out a mist of liquid medicine that
you breathe in. They work in much the same way that a can of hair
Dry powder inhalers
deliver medicine in a powder form. You inhale and pull the medicine
into your lungs. They are a little easier to use than metered dose
inhalers, but you have to breathe in a bit harder.
Any kid, even a baby, can use a metered dose inhaler with a
spacer and a mask. Once a kid is 5 or 6 years old, he or she can
learn to use a metered dose inhaler with just a spacer. Most kids
who are older than 5 or 6 are also able to use a dry powder
inhaler. Your doctor will help you decide what type of inhaler you
should use. You may try several different kinds before you find the
If your doctor has given you an inhaler, it's important that
you learn how to use it the right way. You may need to practice at
home. Sometimes, during a visit to the doctor, the doctor or nurse
will ask you to show them how you use your inhaler. This helps him
or her see if you're doing it correctly. If not, don't
worry, practice makes perfect!
Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: May 2007
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice,
diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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