Asthma Inhalers

Thanks to asthma inhalers and other asthma supplies, millions of Americans that have an inflammatory disease may now have more control over their lung function. Today, the medical treatment for those who have been diagnosed with asthma has been completely transformed by asthma inhalers. In years past, patients with inflammatory diseases were constantly making urgent calls to doctors or frequenting hospital emergency rooms. But, with the modern day advancement of respiratory therapies, adults and children can get the medicine needed into their lungs while at home, in the office, or at play.

There are many different types of asthma inhalers on the market today. Most are portable and make usage convenient, giving the sufferer instant access to medicine that can prevent a life-threatening attack. With the use of inhalers and other long term medical therapies, those with asthma may now experience a quality life style. When using the different therapies prescribed by doctors, it will be very important to use all asthma supplies as directed and to understand how the different medicines are effective. Many doctors will not only prescribe medications for patients, but will design an entire action plan that includes emergency inhalers, long term preventative medicines, and the identification of allergen triggers.

Most action plans prescribed by doctors will utilize a couple of different types of asthma inhalers and additional asthma supplies, such as a peak flow meter. A peak flow meter is a device that measures lung function and can be used anywhere. Those with asthma blow into the peak flow meter and the meter measures their air flow. Doctors will advise patients of the optimum number for their breathing capacity and assign zones. Based on colored coded zones, patients can determine how well their lung functions are. Peak flow readings and the assessments of other symptoms can direct users in what medications need to be used throughout the day. Most doctors ask their patients to check peak flow readings each morning and evening to determine what zone they are in. Then, the patient uses the medications that are prescribed for that particular zone. After taking medications, (which will generally include inhalers) there should be another peak flow reading to determine the effectiveness of the medicine.

Two of the most common types of inhalers used to treat inflammatory disease symptoms are metered-dose and dry powder inhalers. Dry powder inhalers do not have propellants to push the medicine out of the device. Using the dry powder inhalers will mean taking in, or breathing in, the medicine quickly. Metered-dose inhalers work with propellants and with a push or squeeze the medicine is delivered into the airways.

Inhalers contain bronchodilators that relax the smooth muscles surrounding the airways. Quick acting bronchodilators work within minutes, alleviating symptoms and bringing relief. The most common on the market today include Albuterol, Maxair, Atrovent, and Tornalate. There are also long acting bronchodilators as well and these preventative dilators should be used for long term maintenance, and not as an immediate reliever. If a bronchodilator is prescribed, read about that medication and understand all of the side affects and how to use the inhaler correctly. Asthma supplies used incorrectly may not reach the lungs as intended.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder that will need to be treated over the long term. Treating the underlying problem can help prevent future attacks. Long term control may mean using several different medications. Other medications may include corticosteroids, which reduce and prevent swelling by blocking allergens, and leukotriene modifiers that block receptor sites for leukotrienes found in allergic responses. There are also nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories that can be used before being exposed to a specific trigger.

Those who have been diagnosed with an inflammatory disorder will also need to make life-style changes. There are aggravating factors that can trigger an attack, and patients need to know what their triggers are. Environmental allergens are often common triggers and these allergens include dust mites, mold, animal dander, cockroach droppings, and outdoor inhalants. Also, occupational chemicals, tobacco smoke, air pollutants, and certain foods may trigger an attack. It will be necessary to avoid triggers whenever possible.

When considering asthma inhalers and other medications, be sure and include daily time with the Lord as part of the medical and emotional therapy plan. Our God is the God of healing and He desires to comfort those who are weak and sick. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies". (Psalm 103:2-4)

Understanding the nature of asthma and having knowledge about medications used to treat it can help patients manage their treatment plan, symptoms, and ongoing health effectively. Those who have been diagnosed with an inflammatory disorder of the lungs and airways should speak openly with their doctors and ask questions about medications and how to use them. Each person is ultimately responsible for taking control of their health and treatment plans.

Asthma Symptoms

There are a broad range of asthma symptoms that can plague those who suffer with inflammatory diseases. The most common symptoms associated with respiratory disorders are coughing, tightness in the chest area, shortness of breath, and wheezing. But, there are many other symptoms that can point to inflammatory problems or the onset of an attack. Every individual diagnosed with inflammatory disorders will exhibit different asthma symptoms and getting the right asthma treatments plan will mean knowing what symptoms to be alerted to and what triggers can negatively effect breathing. Understanding the nature of asthma will help those who suffer with it recognize the conditions which contribute to airway inflammation. Together with their doctors, they can begin to address asthma treatments and put a plan of action into play to keep the disorder under manageable control.

Many adults and children that have inflammatory disorders of the lungs and airways exhibit a sound which is made when air is trying to move through the chests airways. When the airways have become tight with inflammation air whistles as it struggles to get through. This high-pitched sound is commonly referred to as wheezing. Wheezing is one of the most common asthma symptoms. However, wheezing does not always have to be present to make a correct diagnosis. The unique sound of a wheeze may not be detectable in very young children and there is a condition called cough variant asthma that does not exhibit a wheeze when a patient is unable to move air through the bronchial tubes.

During an asthma attack, the muscles that surround the airways tighten and spasm, filling with excess mucus due to inflammation. This is called Bronchospasm. Everyone diagnosed with Bronchospasms will have different asthma symptoms and therefore require different asthma treatments. As Bronchospasm activity increases, symptoms could change or increase in intensity as well. These symptoms could include a chronic cough, difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, or chest pain. Some patients will have signs that seem less obvious, such as skin color changes, dark circles under the eyes, itchy or watery eyes, stroking the chin or throat, sneezing, headache, or fever. Children can become irritable or extremely tired with the onset of Bronchospasms.

To keep an inflammatory disease under control, those diagnosed with it will need to be aware of what factors can trigger any of the symptoms listed above. The onset of asthma is much like an allergic reaction, and allergens can trigger an attack very quickly. Triggers can include a viral respiratory infection or other illnesses that are respiratory related. Some have asthma induced by exercise, while others have Bronchospasms as a result of environmental allergens. The most common environmental allergens that significantly affect people with respiratory disorders are mold, animal dander (especially cat dander), dust mites, and various outdoor inhalants. Environmental changes and weather changes can also trigger respiratory problems. Tobacco smoke and air pollution are major contributing factors and should be avoided by all persons who have an inflammatory disease.

The key to avoiding an attack and managing inflammatory disorders effectively is utilizing long-term asthma treatments and altering some life habits or circumstances. Treatment action plans can include different medications and devices to measure airflow. Inhalers have revolutionized the management of Bronchospasms and most doctors will prescribe one or two different inhalers to be used for emergencies and for prevention. Bronchodilator inhalers relax the muscles surrounding the airways and work within just a few moments. Doctors may also prescribe medicines that can reduce swelling in the airways and medicines that block receptor sites that initiate allergic responses.

A peak flow meter is a devise that measures the amount of air coming from the airways. Doctors that want their patients to manage their breathing from home have their patients use a peak flow meter twice daily. The peak flow meter has colored zones that indicate how well an adult or child is breathing that day. Depending upon the zone, patients will have different asthma treatments that they use for that day.

The advancement of medicine has brought those suffering with inflammatory disorders great relief as they can control the amount of attacks they suffer and the intensity of each attack. We can be thankful to God for the knowledge and wisdom that he has given man in the fields of medicine. The Bible teaches us to give the Lord thanks for all things and circumstances. "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

If any of the asthma symptoms listed in this article are being exhibited in any family member, call a doctor and discuss the possibility of respiratory problems and disorders. Getting the correct treatment early can be crucial to keeping the disease under control. For more information on medications used to treat the symptoms and causes, log onto the Internet and conduct a search online.

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