Breathe Easy: A Guide to Understanding & Using Asthma Inhalers

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Samantha Miller, MBChB

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Asthma is a chronic lung condition where the lung tissues become hypersensitive to external stimuli. This can lead to symptoms such as breathlessness, chest tightness, wheezing and coughing. In the United States, there are over 5 million children and 20 million adults with asthma, which is about 7–8% of the overall population. Of these folks, over 40% have had an asthma attack in the last 12 months. Although asthma can be life-threatening, attacks can be prevented with correct use of inhalers — and fast-acting, inhaled medications. 

Here, we'll explore different types of inhalers and when to use them. Moreover, we'll provide some helpful tips to help you make the most of your treatment.