Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Counters on inhaler-it's about time!!!
I just noticed this on my inhaler the other day, I knew they were putting counters on rescue inhalers, but didn't realize they were using them on maintenance inhalers. I've only been using this for 2 months!
This is my Dulera inhaler, it's my every-day maintenance (or controller) medication. Some people get a little confused by the different types of inhalers. This is one that I take EVERY DAY, whether I feel symptoms or not. You can't "feel" swelling in your lungs, but that's what can happen if you don't control your asthma.
Then if you get a simple cold on top of the swelling that is already in your lungs, it can lead to trouble. My kids and I all have allergies and asthma, which means that if we're not careful, our lungs can swell because they are constantly being annoyed by the allergens we are breathing in. It also means that we are a lot more likely to get pneumonia or bronchitis if we have a cold. And pneumonia has caused Son #2 and daughter, Kitty to be hospitalized 12 times. A simple cold isn't so simple when you have asthma.
Everyone with asthma is different, some people don't have asthma bad enough to need a medication every day. We do, but check with your doctor and see what's right for you.
And if he does want you to take a controller/maintenance medicine, make sure you follow the directions and take it EVERY DAY.
The counter will help you remember when it's time to refill. You don't just take it for a month, and then stop when the medication is empty. You get it refilled and take it every month until your doctor tells you to stop.
So, happy breathing. Check your inhaler and see if you need to refill it by using the handy dandy counter on the back.