Asthma in Style

decorating your nebulizerLet’s be honest. Inhalers aren’t exactly the most attractive little things. They do come in all shapes and sizes and colors. But they are far from “pretty.” Now, most people probably aren’t bothered by their appearance but others are.

Add some bling!

As my asthma became more severe when I became an adult I was relying on using my Xopenex rescue inhaler more often I found myself embarrassed to use it in public. I didn’t like drawing attention to myself, especially when I wasn’t feeling well. But often times I found myself not having a choice and not having the option to go hide somewhere to take my inhaler. So I decided to make the best of it. I’m a crafty person and made a trip to my local craft store. I picked up some rhinestones that were on a roll and added it to the outside of the inhaler. Decorate it and make it fun. Personalize it to fit your style! I’ve also been known to personalize my nebulizer with stickers & rhinestone sticker sheets.

IMPORTANT: make sure you are being safe when decorating the inhaler. Don’t put anything near the mouthpiece. Also, ALWAYS INSPECT the inhaler EVERY TIME before using it. This includes looking inside the mouthpiece after removing the cap. Exactly the same way you would inspect the mouthpiece for lint etc before each use. I wouldn’t use any small pieces like rhinestones or pompoms on an inhaler for a young child. With kids, using flat stickers to decorate is a better idea. Kids generally are nervous & scared and don’t want to take their inhaler at first but if you make it fun they might be more willing to take it without a fuss. Have your child pick out and add the stickers themselves. You can also use permanent markers to draw designs on your inhaler if you want to still have some pizazz without worrying about things that could potentially fall off, such as rhinestones etc.

If you aren’t keen on the idea of decorating your inhaler or spacer itself but still want some pizazz get a cute little zip pouch to keep them stored in. There are many different ones on the market. It doesn’t have to be a specific one that is made just for inhalers. It can be a cute makeup pouch or pencil case. If you know how to knit or crochet you can make a personalized case to carry your inhaler in. I have also seen people buy those cute little rubber holders that are meant for small bottles of hand sanitizer. They fit around a standard size rescue inhaler no problem. I’ve seen them in all different colors and some even have animal designs on them.

Find whatever suits your style and go with it. There are so many different options out there to decorate and spruce up your inhaler, spacer and even nebulizer! Again only do what you are comfortable and be smart about it. Remember, nothing near the mouthpiece and ALWAYS inspect the inside before using your inhaler. I’ve found that when I’ve used my blinged out inhaler in public it becomes a conversation piece. I’ve had people look at me & ask what it is. When I tell them it’s an inhaler that I’ve decorated it becomes a teaching moment and helps normalize asthma and not being afraid to use my inhaler in a public setting.

I’d love to see what you have come up with for decorating your inhalers or what kind of snazzy pouch you carry them in.

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