Thursday, June 20, 2013
Confused by which inhaler to user?
There are a LOT of asthma medicines out there, and they can all be confusing. Especially now since they make maintenance (or controller) inhalers that look the same as quick relief (or rescue) inhalers. How are you supposed to know which inhaler you use EVERY day, and which inhaler you use if you're HAVING AN ASTHMA ATTACK?! Web md has a section on their website that explains the difference between controller and quick-relief inhalers.
But I like to SEE what the different inhalers look like, and the Minnesota Department of Health's Asthma Program has a brand new poster that shows all the different asthma medications. It's not actually the size of a poster, but you can print off an 8 1/2" x 11" poster or a 11" x 17" poster.
You can print these out to use at home, or school nurses or doctor's offices can use them too.
The poster has the inhalers separated into types of inhalers. You can see on the 2nd photo where there's a red bar that goes across the top of the poster, that section has relievers/rescue inhalers. Those are inhalers you use if you are having an asthma attack.
The other blue sections are controller/maintenance medications. Those are inhalers that you use every day. It's important to use them every day, since you can't feel inflammation or swelling in your lungs.
Print these out and tape them up where you can see them. Or you could even give a copy to your school nurse, day care provider, etc.
What a nice resource to be able to have! Thank you Minnesota Department of Health!!