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Health Navigator New Zealand provides the following information concerning the use of a spacer.
- Many adults and children are unable to use their metered-dose inhaler effectively. The spacer reduces the need for a perfect technique.
- Spacers are designed to deliver up to twice the medication of an inhaler alone. 50% more medicine enters the lungs when a spacer is used.
- Less medicine gets left in the mouth and throat, which reduces the side effects of hoarseness or thrush in your mouth from preventer medicine.
- A spacer can help when you are short of breath and an inhaler by itself is difficult to use.
- A spacer is a smaller, convenient alternative to a nebuliser.
- Studies on adults and children show spacers work just as well as nebulisers in acute asthma.
- Spacers with masks can help very young children inhale their medicine
Please note: A severe asthma attack may develop very quickly; however, it can develop over several days.
Tomorrow we will look at the second part about using a spacer.
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