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Choosing the best inhaler for bronchitis is important in order to help you overcome its symptoms. Bronchitis treatment often begins with oral medications, but if symptoms persist and become resistant to these medications, then it might be necessary for a medical professional to prescribe an inhaler for your bronchitis. There are, essentially, three types of inhalers or inhalation methods: a pressurized metered-dose inhaler, a dry powder inhaler, or a steam inhaler. A healthcare professional will prescribe one of these, and you might need to try several types before you find the best inhaler for your bronchitis.
Bronchitis is characterized by a swelling of the bronchial tubes, which enable a person to breathe freely. When these tubes become inflamed, the resulting effect is coughing, wheezing, and a shortness of breath. The initial swelling usually is caused by an infection or by an irritant, such as cigarette smoke or pollution. Bronchitis generally falls into one of two distinct categories, depending on how frequently it occurs. Acute bronchitis occurs after a respiratory infection and generally lasts for a few weeks, and chronic bronchitis is a continual affliction.
A metered-dose inhaler for bronchitis involves holding an inhaling device a small distance away from your mouth or placing it inside your mouth while pumping a metered dose of bronchitis medication inside. You then slowly inhale the medication, remove the inhaling device from your mouth and hold the medicine inside your lungs for a few seconds before exhaling. This process might be repeated as directed. If you find this inhaler to be easy to use and effective, it might be the best one for you to choose.
A dry powder inhaler is another popular treatment device. In this method, powdered medication is loaded into the inhalation device, which you hold a small distance away while aiming the medication toward your mouth. The transfer of medication is breath-controlled, as opposed to manually pumped, and when the medicated powder is released, you inhale it. You must be very careful not to exhale into the device, however, because any moisture from the breath can cause medication to cling to the sides of the inhaler and interrupt the dosage amounts of future uses. This inhaler might be the best one for you, if you are able to use it properly each time.
Inhaling steam is another effective treatment, and it does not require a prescription nor even involve any particular medication. You can inhale the steam from boiling water or a vaporizer. Holding your head over a hot cup of tea or a sink filled with steaming hot water while draping your head with a towel in order to trap the warm, moist air is a very easy and effective way of creating a steam inhaler. As with other inhalation methods, this might help relieve your inflamed bronchial tubes and enable you to breathe more freely.
As with all medications, be sure to read the instructions accompanying any inhaler thoroughly and carefully follow to them in order to properly treat your bronchitis cough and assure that you are inhaling the right dosage amounts. Finding the right inhaler might take time, but using one will often significantly reduce your bronchitis symptoms. Over-the-counter inhalers are available, but choosing an inhaler for bronchitis should always be done under the advice and care of a qualified medical professional.
My mom had to use an inhaler a few years ago when she had a particularly severe case of bronchitis, so I got to know way too much about the different types of inhalers.
For instance, did you know that some inhalers for bronchitis have a spacer. An inhaler with a spacer has an area where the medication is stored until you breathe it in.
Sometimes these inhalers also use a mask, so they can be used for the treatment of bronchitis in infants and toddlers.
I always thought inhalers were just for asthma. I'd never heard of them being used as a treatment for bronchitis. As I've had bronchitis plenty of times, I guess I'm lucky that it didn't get to the point where an inhaler was necessary.
I'm happy for that, because I don't think I would do very well having to inhale medication. It sounds pretty uncomfortable.
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