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  • By Richard Faust

    Inhalers are as close to a constant as there is in the asthma community. What are your thoughts, experiences, questions? Metered? Dry powder? Rescue? Spacer? Facemask? Valved holding chamber?

    Here is the editorial board article on inhalers: https://asthma.net/treatment/inhalers/.

    Here is one of our expert contributors, John Bottrell, with his take on every asthma inhaler: https://asthma.net/living/opinion-every-asthma-inhaler/.

    Give us your take. Looking forward to the conversation. Richard (Asthma.net Team)

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    • By Richard Faust

      So, glad that you found the information useful Concetta. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have and the community will do our best to provide information and support. Also, if you have not already, you may want to check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/asthmadotnet/. Wishing you the best and keep us posted on how you are doing. Richard (Asthma.net Team)

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  • By plantedtogrow

    Hi, I’m not sure if this is the right place but I wanted some opinions/help. I’ve had asthma since 2005 and have had a rescue inhaler that I have used when I have wheezing/trouble breathing, today, for the first time ever, I’ve gotten a sore throat after taking it, is this common? My nose was runny before which I think could have caused my sore throat, I also took some Imitrex for a migraine just an hour or two before my inhaler.

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    • By Richard Faust

      Hi plantedtogrow. Sorry you are having this difficulty. Various medications and inhalers can certainly have sore throat as a side effect, although it is certainly interesting that it has just now started. For your protection, we cannot give medical advice over the internet. Any new potential side-effects should be reported and discussed with your doctor.

      You also mention a runny nose and many have certainly developed throat irritation from sinus drainage. Also you may want to take a look at this article from our editorial team looking at sinusitis and upper respiratory infections: https://asthma.net/triggers/viral-infections/.

      Hope you feel better soon and keep us posted on how you are doing. Best, Richard (Asthma.net Team)

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  • By SusieQB

    I recently had my inhaler changed because I was told my asthma was not under control. I’m on my 2nd “new” inhaler and am experiencing sore throat again. I have recently been triggered in helping a friend move stuff which caused irritation at the back of my throat. Yesterday when I used my inhaler I had a reaction that caused quite a bit of coughing which lasted maybe an hour before it settled down. I am careful to rinse after use but is this normal? I’m feeling discouraged. My throat hurts and I don’t know if it’s from the new inhaler or from the irritation from being around dust. I’ve never had this before so I’m leaning towards the inhaler. Is this typical in finding the “right” med?

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, RRT Moderator

    Hi SusieQB and thanks for your post. Sometimes it takes some ‘trial and error’ as the physician and you try to determine which medication and inhaler works the best for your condition. There are a number of side effects associated with the use of metered dose inhalers. Rinsing your mouth and throat after each use (as you said you do), helps to prevent some of those effects. We generally suggest if your symptoms (irritation and pain) persist or worsen even, you should check back with your doctor for a reassessment. I understand you’re feeling discouraged but I would urge you to keep at it – collaborate with your physician – until you determine which medication works best for you. Please check back with us and let us know how you’re doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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