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Why aren’t airway clearance devices used in treatment of moderate to severe asthma?

I heard from a friend in Germany and she has an airway clearance device and they are common there when treating more severe asthma. So why aren’t they used here, especially for patients with more mucus production?

  1. Hi Violet, and thanks for your question/post. The circumstances you describe (excess mucus production), are just what these types of devices are designed to treat. You may want to discuss this further with your physician, as the decision to prescribe such therapy, would rest with your doctor (and you).

    I thought this article, from the National Institute of Health, might shed some additional light on this very topic for you: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2580042/. I realize it is a bit lengthy, but it is comprehensive and, you can review it for just those types of therapy in which you are interested.

    I do hope you find it to be helpful.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

    1. I think the same, but in my case, it's about nebulizers. In the USA, almost everyone with asthma has one. But here, in Spain, nobody has one. I think that I'd be very useful and would reduce the ER visits at night.

      1. Hi again, juuls. and thanks for joining in the conversation here. If you do not have access to nebulizers in Spain, what do you use to treat the asthma condition?

        Is there anything further you can share with the community?

        Wishing you well,
        Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

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