asthma

What Is a Nebulizer?

Most asthma medications are inhaled. They are usually delivered through a handheld inhaler, but they can also be used in a nebulizer, a device that dispenses liquid medication as a fine mist or powder.Nebulizers have a mouthpiece or face mask through which the medication is inhaled. Nebulizers deliver the medication …

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The Big Picture on Asthma Treatment

When it comes to treating asthma, experts generally take a two-pronged approach. First, they recommend medication that prevents symptoms or stops them when they get started. Second, they suggest that patients avoid asthma triggers, such as pollen, pet dander, or other substances or activities that can set off the coughing, …

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Tricks for Remembering to Take Medication

(ISTOCKPHOTO)There is no cure for asthma, but asthma symptoms—wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath—can be managed successfully with medication. However, many people with asthma find its surprisingly easy to forget to take their potentially life-saving medication, or to mix medications up. Some people may find a prescription runs out and they …

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How to Prevent Asthma Attacks

You may think you know all there is to know about preventing asthma attacks. Just take a hit on a bronchodilator inhaler, right? Wrong. Bronchodilators, which are found in rescue inhalers, can halt an asthma attack once you start having symptoms, but there are better ways to prevent them from …

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Why Overusing an Inhaler Is Dangerous

Inhalers can be a lifeline for people with asthma. When coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath occurs, a quick hit of a bronchodilator can often make those symptoms go away. In particular, the medications known as short-acting beta2-agonists (a type of bronchodilator) can provide quick relief from asthma symptoms—but they …

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