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How to use Ventolin inhaler

15th March 2019

Asthma

Asthma is a respiratory ailment caused by allergens that cause allergies. Allergens can consist of pollen, moulds, dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander, and even hair or feathers from pets.

There are various causes for your asthma, but there are some treatments you can do to help ease the system and prevent your asthma attacks from recurring. The possible causes and their treatments include the following:

Dust and dust mites

Place your mattress and pillows in airtight receptacles or boxes. Make sure you tape over the length of the container. Memory foam mattresses are best for asthmatic patients as mites are unable to penetrate them. Make sure you wash all of your beddings at least once a week in hot water with a temperature of at least 130 degrees.

Indoor mould

Whenever the weather is hot and humidity is high, you will have problems with moulds. It can multiply fast in this weather. You have to make sure your kitchen, bathroom, and basement are mould free. Allow good air ventilation and circulation in these areas and make sure they are kept clean all the time. A dehumidifier will be useful in this case.

Cockroaches

You can avoid cockroaches at home when you limit the spread of food around your house and make sure you keep food out of your bedroom. Make sure trash bins are kept closed. Do not leave food in the kitchen, place leftovers in containers and stash these away in your fridge. Always mop kitchen floors and wash your countertops, at least once a week, and get rid of water or moist places that attract these roaches. Use pesticides to kill these pests and their eggs.

Pet hairs/animal dander

Keep your pets away from your bedroom, have a place at home where they can stay like the garage or outdoors on their dog or cat house. Cleaning and vacuuming your home, carpet, and furniture will keep animal dander and pet hairs at bay.

Asthma treatments & inhalers

Asthma medications are available by prescription. One of the best treatments for asthma is inhalers. There are wide array of devices that help deliver medicine straight to your lungs and afford quick relief. One of the widely used asthma drugs is the pressurized metered dose inhaler or pMDI.

The drug inside the inhaler is in the form of a fine mist. When you press your inhaler canister the mist is released, and you inhale it in to easily deliver the medication into your airways. It is crucial that you know how to use your inhaler properly, for you to get the right dosage and treatment. One of the most popular asthma inhalers is the Ventolin Inhaler.

Ventolin inhaler

The Ventolin inhaler is a prescription inhaler medicine used for the treatment of asthma and or bronchospasm for patients aged 4 years old and above with obstructive airway ailment.

Priming the Ventolin inhaler

Prior to using your Ventolin inhaler for the first time, you have to test the inhaler so you will obtain the correct amount of medicine when you use it.

To do so, remove the cap off the mouthpiece of your inhaler and shake it very well. Then, spray it once into the air away from you. Do not spray in the eyes.

Shake it and spray the inhaler this way for about 2 to 3 times to prime it. Always prime your inhaler if you use it for the first time or when you have not used it in the past 14 days.

Step by step guide on how to use your Ventolin inhaler

Follow this step by step guide to properly use your Ventolin inhaler:

  1. Take the cap off the mouthpiece.
  2. Hold the inhaler upright and shake it very well.
  3. Exhale and tilt your head a bit.
  4. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and enclose your lips on the mouthpiece.
  5. Breathe in slowly and deeply with your mouth, press down the canister firmly and let out one puff of Ventolin. Continue inhaling slowly.
  6. Take the inhaler off your mouth; hold your breath for about five seconds. Exhale with your nose.
  7. Place the cap back.

Should you need to take another puff, wait around 60 seconds before you repeat steps 2-7 above.

For those who have problems in taking medication release and inhalation, you should use your inhaler with an appropriate spacer. Or you can use a breath-activated device like the Accuhaler, Turbuhaler, or Autohaler. These are ideal for those suffering from hand arthritis and pressing the inhaler can be quite a challenge.

The use of a spacer with your inhaler will enhance the level of medicine that will reach your airways. Use a spacer when you use a reliever inhaler for your asthma attacks. It is also highly recommended for inhalers with corticosteroids as they inhibit certain side effects like oral thrush and croaky voice.