An estimated 1.5 million adults and 400,000 children in New York State have asthma. But asthma can be controlled by managing your medications and knowing your triggers.
You can use an inhaler with or without a spacer. Spacers help the medication get straight to where it’s needed in your lungs, with less medication ending up in your mouth and throat where it can lead to irritation or mild infections. A spacer can also make it easier to coordinate breathing in and pressing your puffer. Ask your doctor if a spacer is right for you.
The CDC offers the tools needed to properly use your inhaler.
Here are the steps on how to use an inhaler by itself with modifications for using an inhaler with a spacer.
You can also watch these techniques in video tutorials by the CDC.
It is crucial to familiarize yourself with how to use your inhaler to get the most benefit. CDPHP® offers resources to help you and your family control your asthma and live your healthiest lives.