Although it sounds simple, especially when it comes to a chronic condition like asthma, studies show that the vast majority of sufferers are not using their inhalers correctly. This often means that the medicine does not get into the airways properly, meaning that in many cases otherwise manageable symptoms will persist or even worsen.
While the correct procedure for inhaler use might not be immediately straightforward, it is definitely worth spending a few minutes learning and perfecting your technique to give you more control over your symptoms and reduce your future likelihood of experiencing serious health complications due to your asthma.
To help you achieve this, Online Doctor has prepared the above video, which demonstrates the right way to use your inhaler.
[N.B. This video demonstrates how to use metered dose inhalers (or Evohalers), which are the most popular type of inhaler. . If you use an alternative type of inhaler, visit Asthma UK.]
What to remember when using your inhaler:
- Take the inhaler cap off and give it a shake.
- If you haven’t used your inhaler in the last seven days, test it by spraying a bit of medicine into the air away from you.
- Take a slow, deep breath in and completely exhale out (without the inhaler) before putting the inhaler into your mouth, push down the top of the inhaler and breathe in for about five seconds.
- Take the inhaler out of your mouth and hold your breath for about ten seconds.
- If you need another dose of medicine, wait for about 30 seconds before taking the second dose.
We offer inhalers through our online service—meaning you don’t have to visit a doctor every time you need an inhaler.