When the inhaler just won't cut it.

When The Inhaler Just Won't Cut It

I've blogged about this before - whether to use my inhaler or my nebulizer.

Example of a real-life instance

Well, here's a real example of having to decide and what worked and what didn't.

I had a fun time this week! I was exposed to something that my over-active little asthma lungs did NOT like.

It started first with the tickle in the back of the throat.

Then came the cough.

I quickly grabbed my asthma inhaler and took two puffs (spaced 1 minute apart as they should be!)

I continued to cough. I coughed so hard that I thought I was going to throw up. I sounded like Wheezy from Toy Story.

Except Wheezy could talk. When I have a REALLY bad asthma attack, I lose my voice (I'm sure my husband LOVES it when that happens! )

Nebulizer to the rescue!

Several hours later, I was still having bad coughing spells and it felt like my lungs were on fire. So I pulled out the nebulizer to have a breathing treatment. If you haven't used a nebulizer, National Jewish Hospital in Denver has a short video that shows how they work.

When I use my nebulizer, I can just sit on the couch and take small breaths and get the medicine into my lungs. With my inhaler, I have to breathe in deeply to suck the medicine in. And sometimes I just can't do that. If I try to breathe deep, I instantly start coughing.

For me, the inhaler works fine for "minor" asthma attacks, but when a "major" attack hits, only a nebulizer will do. I KNEW I would feel better when I used the nebulizer. The horrible cough stopped, my voice came back (much to my husband's chagrin!) and the burning pain in my lungs stopped.

Use what's right for you. Sometimes you can use your inhaler and be fine. Other times only the nebulizer will do.

Talk with your doc and come up with a plan.

Let's keep breathing!

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