An important part of controlling asthma is learning the skills for administering
your medicines correctly. These skills help ensure you get as much medicine
as possible into your lungs, and can help reduce side effects. It is also important
to learn how to use a peak flow meter for monitoring how well your asthma is
Below, you will find visual step-by-step presentations to help you develop
these skills, as well as "text only" versions that are easier to print. Note:
Dry Powder Inhalers are usually activated by inhaling, not by a propellant.
Therefore, they don't require the coordination between breathing and squeezing
as needed for metered dose inhalers. Each device comes with its own instruction
- How to use an inhaler
- How to use a nebulizer
- How to use a peak flow meter
- How to use a spacer
Review Date: 5/16/2007
Reviewed By: Alan Greene, M.D., F.A.A.P., Department of Pediatrics, Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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