…..asthma. It is proven to work as effectively as a nebuliser in more severe cases. Spacers are no longer just for children they are as effective when used by an adult.
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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