What Researchers Want People With Asthma To Know About Rescue Inhalers

Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs and airways, making it difficult to breathe. Rescue inhalers are a type of medication that can provide quick relief from asthma symptoms (via Healthline). However, some people with asthma may not be using their rescue inhalers correctly or may be using them more often than they need to. According to a study published in the British Journal of General Practice, more than one-fourth of people with asthma were overprescribed SABA (or rescue) inhalers and were overusing them.

Overusing rescue inhalers can lead to a number of problems, including reduced effectiveness of the medication, increased risk of side effects, and worsening asthma symptoms. "This is an interesting study and seems to bring to light an important issue," said Dr. David Erstein, an allergist and immunologist working with Advanced Dermatology PC in New York. "I think people tend to not think about their breathing until they develop symptoms. Because the preventative inhalers don't offer immediate help, they turn to their rescue inhaler." Using preventative inhalers correctly can reduce your use of rescue inhalers.

What is asthma?

​​Asthma is a condition that affects the airways. The symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Asthma can be caused by a variety of things, including allergies, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), and air pollution (via Cleveland Clinic). Asthma is diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and lung function tests. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled with medication.

Inhalers are the most common form of medication used to control asthma. They deliver a measured dose of medication directly to the lungs, where it can work quickly to relieve symptoms. There are several different types of inhalers and the type that is best for you will be determined by your doctor. Asthma is a serious condition that can be life-threatening, so if you think you may have asthma, see a doctor right away. With proper treatment, people with asthma can live normal, active lives. Living with asthma can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to stop you from doing the things you love.