Asthma inhalers are the most common and effective way to deliver asthma drugs to the lungs. They are available in different types that require different techniques for use. Some inhalers deliver one medication and others contain two different medications.
For in-depth information, see WebMD's article on Asthma Inhalers.
If you’re having difficulty using small inhalers, your doctor may prescribe an asthma nebulizer, also known as a breathing machine. The asthma nebulizer uses a mouthpiece or mask and is typically used for infants, small children, older adults, or anyone who has difficulty using inhalers with spacers. The nebulizer changes asthma medications from a liquid to a mist, so that they can be more easily inhaled into the lungs. This takes a few more minutes than using inhalers.
For in-depth information, see WebMD's article on Asthma Nebulizer (Breathing Machine).
Prednisone and Asthma Attacks
If you have a serious asthma attack (exacerbation), your doctor may prescribe a short course of oral corticosteroids. When used orally for less than two weeks, the side effects of corticosteroids are only temporary, but when used for many months, these side effects can be serious and permanent. After the severe symptoms of your asthma attack have been successfully treated and controlled, your doctor will work with you to minimize your need for prednisone in the future. Faithfully taking an inhaled corticosteroid every day is the most commonly successful method to do this.
For in-depth information, see WebMD's article on Prednisone and Asthma.
Talk to Your Asthma Specialist
If you have been diagnosed with asthma but your treatment no longer seems to work, it is time to check in with your doctor again. Likewise, if you've been diagnosed with asthma and you have symptoms that require you to use your rescue inhaler too frequently, go see your asthma doctor. You may need a change to your asthma medication regimen for better control. Your doctor can determine the problem -- and solution -- so you feel better and breathe right.
While asthma is a common disease, it is a serious condition that demands a proper medical diagnosis and targeted asthma treatment. Get help for asthma. Talk to your doctor for asthma support and find the asthma drugs that work best for you.