I have suffered with Asthma for several years. Part of that time was spent in a chest hospital working as a Medical Physics Technician. During that time I was a member of the British Physiological Society and I have published a number of articles on Lung Function Testing.

Having Asthma is a bit like buying a new car. You think you are so different until you have it THEN hundreds seem to come out of the woodwork. So many of my friends and their families have Asthma. It was not until very recently, when a friend's child qualified as a pharmacist, that it became apparent just how many asthma sufferers use an inhaler and use it incorrectly.

The first thing to remember is that breathing is at best worked and the stuff in the inhaler has to get down into the lungs. It is called an inhaler because the drugs must attach to the walls of the lungs so that they can be absorbed into the blood stream. The system I use is this:

  • I breathe out as much of the air in my lungs as I possibly can.
  • Then I raise the inhaler to my mouth.
  • Then as my poor body takes a deep breath to recover, I press the spray, and the mist gets as deep into my lungs as it can.

If you see a cloud come out of your mouth as you spray, you have not taken the medication properly. The stuff has either stuck to your tongue or just gone off into the atmosphere. Try again. Remember, quick squirts and shorts breaths are no good. The medication must get down into your lungs because it acts locally.

The diameter of the airways of an asthma sufferer is reduced. Relief only comes when the airways are widened. So stick with it and God Love Ya.