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Asthma Clinic

We May Have Said It Before, But We'll Say It Again!

If you use an inhaler, you must use a spacer with it to maximize its benefit.  Here are some facts about the spacer.
  • If a spacer is used with an inhaler, three times more medication is delivered to the lungs than with a perfect technique without a spacer.
  • If a spacer is not used when taking an inhaled steroid by inhaler, the patient has an increased risk of developing thrush in their mouth or throat.
  • If you hear the whistle, you are not getting your medication…slow your deep breath down and the whistle should disappear.  If you hear the whistle, you should repeat the puff of medication that you just took.
  • Spacers come in different sizes. There is a model for every age.  Many people don't carry their spacer with them when they are out and about because they find it too cumbersome. Check with your pharmacy as there are many smaller versions of the spacing device. One even holds the inhaler inside!
  • It doesn't matter what inhaler you use, you still should use as spacer. Some medications claim that a spacer is not necessary because that inhaler sprays more slowly than others on the market. No matter what, using a spacer will help coordinate the better technique!
  • Inhaled steroid medications do cause a white coating on the inside of the spacer. Don't worry this is normal, just make sure to wash it once a week and to always let it air dry. Watch for signs that the spacer should be replaced. If the inhaler is "loose" and doesn't fit as snugly in the end of the spacer or if the valve by the mouthpiece curls and doesn't close when you are not using it, medication could be lost.

"Helping You Breathe Easier"

Goal:

To help you understand your role in asthma self-management.

  • What is asthma?
  • Are my allergies related?
  • What can I do to help my symptoms?
  • What are my triggers?
  • How do I use my medications?
  • What can I do when I'm having trouble?

AsthmaWhat to expect at your appointment:

  • You will work with a certified asthma educator to find out what works best for you.
  • Your first appointment will take up to 90 minutes.
  • Your follow up appointments will be 30-60 minutes and will take place every six months.
  • If you are able, a breathing test will be done to see how your asthma is doing.
  • You will learn things that you can do to help your asthma and how to make your medications best work for you.
    

How to clean your spacer

How to use your Breezhaler

How to use your Diskus

How to use your Ellipta

How to use your Genuair inhaler

How to use your Handihaler

How to use your puffer and spacing device

How to use your puffer and spacing device with mask

How to use your Respimat

How to use your Turbuhaler

How to use your Twisthaler

 

Clinics

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» Fredericton - All ages
» Saint John - All ages
Saint John Regional Hospital (up to age 18)
506-648-6961
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Dr. Steve Corscadden (private clinic for adults)
506-672-3504
» Perth-Andover - All ages
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