How do you carry your inhaler?

How do you carry your inhaler?

In my daily life, jeans, tshirts and hoodies are my staples. I write (from my kitchen) and spend a few hours a week hanging out with a family who’s middle son has autism. In previous jobs, I’ve held fairly active roles, which made it easiest to keep my inhaler in my jeans or shorts pocket so that I didn’t have to think when it came time to take the kids outside–my inhaler was just there. The habit has stuck for the last 7+ years.

Keeping my inhaler in my pocket works for me, for the most part. Sometimes if I’m worried it’ll fall out of my pocket, I’ll tuck my inhaler in my backpack or another bag, but most of the time, I simply shove stuff in my pockets and go. The only time in my adult life that I’ve for-real worn a dress, so far, is to my high school graduation (the Canadian “dinner and dance” is basically the equivalent to the “prom” I’ve heard about, but probably not quite as fancy, maybe?). The question became where to keep my inhaler, in a dress that had no pockets—the solution became that my date, who was one of my best friends, simply carried my inhaler in his suit pocket (I may have given another to my mom, I can’t recall. I’m 95% sure I didn’t carry a bag though!). Some women have reported to me the ability to carry their inhaler in their bra, but this is something that I personally cannot pull off!

In the Spring, I attended a conference in Toronto, which began with a pre-conference gala. None of my uber casual bags were a good solution for carrying my inhaler, but I ended up using one that totally didn’t match my outfit at all, but was big enough for just my hotel key, iPhone and inhaler. I tucked it under my leg at dinner, and it was pretty much unnoticeable, but not a great solution. I found myself remarking to Dia that I needed an infinity scarf with a pocket—not three days later I was at the Mall of America, and stumbled upon this very item! Problem solved!

Until a month later when I had a wedding to attend, to which I am wearing a skirt for the first time in my adult life (it’s been in my closet forever, worn once with jeans). I’m hoping I can find a suitable clutch for this purpose… but, like I said, jeans and t-shirts and hoodies… this is a purchase that is way out of my comfort zone! I have a few small cute and not-fanny-pack looking waist packs, belts and clip-on cases made for medical supplies that I will also use… but I’ll admit, even then, that’s more suited for my card wallet and keys and stuff… and my inhaler stays right in my pocket. I’m not sure why, but it could do with the fact that I now habitually check if it’s there—and when it’s not it’s just a pain to wrack my brain to remember where it’s at.

Where do you keep your inhaler when you’re out and about? Are you a pocket person like me, even if you have a bag? What kinds of things, similarly, haven’t worked for you? Let me know in the comments!

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  • crabphile
    3 weeks ago

    I have rescueinhalers stashed in different places in our home, but when I go out either my husband carries it, it goes in my purse, or my jeans or bra.
    I really hadn’t thought about needing to have a spacer with me also.
    I recently changed doctors (a long story) and after 18 months learned that I had not been using my inhalers correctly. After using a mirror to try to learn the correct way, I ordered a spacer from Amazon.
    I’ll be ordering another to keep in my purse!

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Hi crabpile and thanks for your post and for sharing your experiences with using and storing your metered dose inhalers. Glad to hear, after all these years, you’ve finally been shown how to use the device properly! You must feel so good about that! Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

  • Trejjohnson
    3 weeks ago

    I stopped carrying a rescue HFA when the price with insurance shot up to $75.

    I now have a portable nebulizer which has paid for itself within the first 6 months.

    If I know I will be in a place at risk, such as the gym or a picnic, I can take a quick treatment in the car beforehand as a preventative.

    It fits in my backpack or if not carrying the backpack, it has its own carrying case and I keep it in the car if I am going to be close. If at a camp, park, or away for extended periods, I carry it with me.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Hi Trejjohnson and thanks for your post. It sounds like you’ve got the management of your condition under control with the judicious and strategic use of your nebulizer system. Thanks for sharing with the community what works so well for you! Wishing you the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • RitaRe
    3 weeks ago

    Since I carry a purse, I carry my rescue inhaler and a spacer in a Ziploc bag. I don’t like sucking in lint and other particles that can be picked up when carrying my things loose in my purse or in a pocket.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Hi RitaRe and thanks for sharing what works for you. That is a great idea to protect your inhaler from the ‘debris’ in your purse so it’s clean and ready for your use. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

  • emmejm
    3 weeks ago

    Generally, my inhaler lives in a small zip-top baggie with my spacer and epi-pens (to keep the dust and lint out) in either my backpack or the reusable shopping bag I sometimes use for a purse (thanks IKEA!). I can’t live with a small purse anyway, so it works out. On the rare occasions I can’t carry it all with me, I can tuck just the inhaler into my bra (only if the cups are molded) which is not ideal because I have difficulty using it without a spacer. I’m working on a design for something similar to a traveler’s money belt to be worn under my clothes to carry at least my inhaler and one epi pen for those times I don’t have pockets or the ability to carry a bag.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Hi emmejm and thanks for your post. We appreciate your input in sharing what is working for you when carrying your inhaler. The baggie is a good idea to protect the inhaler device from dust and lint! Thanks so much! Leon (site moderator)

  • DEva
    3 weeks ago

    I always use a purse so my inhaler, rescue inhaler and EpiPen are ALWAYS in my purse.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    3 weeks ago

    Hi DEva and thanks for your input. We appreciate you sharing what works for you with the community. Wishing you the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • LinnyR
    2 years ago

    I usually carry mine in a pocket. But have had to use my bra and also have used my sock. hahahaha

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi LinnyR and thanks for sharing where you ‘carry’ your inhaler. Others have expressed similar locations but you are definitely the first person (I’ve heard) who uses their sock!! I got a chuckle out of that location.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • CelticAncient
    2 years ago

    I always have to have pockets and a waist band. Not only do I have to carry a rescue inhaler, but I also wear an insulin pump.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi CelitcAncient and thanks for providing feedback on how you carry your inhaler (and even your insulin pump!) We appreciate your candor here on our website.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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