Alternatives to Asthma Inhalers

Alternatives to Asthma Inhalers

Kids playing on grandpaAsthma inhalers are hand-held portable “puffers” that deliver asthma medication directly to the lungs. Those afflicted with asthma consider them “lifesavers,” yet many of their side effects can be dangerous, even downright lethal.

So, how about an alternative to asthma inhalers that’s totally opposite – 100% natural and effective for all ages? It’s chiropractic care. And while chiropractic isn’t a treatment for asthma, many with asthma symptoms have found relief at the hands of a chiropractor.

A Safer Alternative To Asthma Inhalers

Chiropractors have years of experience in providing treatment to adults and children with asthma.

They don’t prescribe drugs, like asthma inhalers, with dangerous side effects that only address the symptoms of conditions. No, they go right to the source and try to identify the cause, so that you can heal from the inside out, not the outside in. Outside in (using an asthma inhaler to “fix” your asthma problem) – that’s just not true healing, it’s a band-aid on the problem and it will eventually fall off. When it does, the problem will still be there, and maybe they’ll be another one, in the form of a side effect, that might require another drug.

Is that really the way you want to live? Is that really the way you want your child to live?

If the answer is “no,” and we suspect that it is, then all you need to do is reach out to a chiropractor in your area to get on the road to true health. Chiropractors don’t just deal with achy necks and sore backs. Their focus is on helping people to get well, without drugs and without surgery, and they see true healing taking place in chiropractic offices around the world, every day.

They believe that dis-ease in the body exists because misalignments of the spine. These misalignments affect the nerves that exit from that area of the spine and branch out to all parts of the body. They usually result from accidents, falls, sports injuries, even the birth process itself. Left unchecked, spinal misalignments can cause loads of problems, because they interfere with the job that the nerves are supposed to be doing.

Nerves provide vital communication pathways between the brain and the body. When something is preventing a nerve, any nerve, from doing what it’s supposed to be doing, the affected part of the body suffers. And, when it suffers, it usually takes the form of an illness, an illness like asthma.

Types of Asthma Inhalers

It’s probably safe to say that when most people think “asthma inhaler” they think of someone searching for a cylindrical container, in their pocket or purse, as they gasp desperately for air, suffering from the acute symptoms of an asthma attack.

Actually, there are two different types of asthma inhalers, each with various subcategories. One type of asthma inhaler delivers long-lasting control medication that is designed to prevent an asthma attack.

The other type of asthma inhaler is fast-acting “rescue” medication that opens bronchial airways to arrest the symptoms of a full-blown asthma attack.

There are two basic types of asthma inhalers:

  • Metered-dose asthma inhalers use a chemical propellant to deliver a measured amount of medication to the lungs. Users pump a pressurized container to release a pre-measured dosage of asthma medication that they breathe in slowly for delivery to the lungs.
  • Dry-powder asthma inhalers deliver asthma medication without the chemical propellant ingredient, requiring the user to take a deep fast breath to deliver the medication to the lungs.

Metered-dose inhalers typically are used to deliver “rescue” medications, while dry-powder inhalers can contain long-term asthma symptom-control medication only or in combination with the “rescue” medication.

Asthma Inhalers Deliver Different Types of Medications

The medications that asthma inhalers deliver can be anti-inflammatory (steroids or corticosteroids for long-term use to prevent the acute symptoms of an asthma attack), bronchodilators (for immediate relief of asthma symptoms) or a combination of the two medications.

Anti-inflammatory asthma inhalers are used for long-term control of asthma attacks. They keep the airways open by reducing swelling and they keep mucous production to a minimum. Popular brand name drugs in this category include Aerobid, Azmacort, Flovent, Pulmicort, Symbicort, Asmanex and Qvar.

Bronchodilators can be either short or long-acting. Short-acting bronchodilators provide extremely fast relief of acute asthma symptoms. Popular drugs in this category include albuterol (Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA, AccuNeb), Alupent, Maxair and Xopenex.

Long-acting bronchodilators, also called beta-agonists, relieve asthma symptoms for longer periods. Drugs in this category include Advair and Symbicort.

Combination asthma inhalers mix an anti-inflammatory asthma medication with a long-acting bronchodilator; they include Advair and Symbicort.

Since different types of asthma inhalers require different directions on how to use them, it is important to speak with your doctor and follow precise directions.

Side Effects of Asthma Inhalers

Asthma inhalers are different from most medications because they are inhaled, rather than taken in pill form. Because of this, some of the medication doesn’t get to the lungs as intended; it’s deposited in the mouth or throat and then distributed throughout the body.

Common side effects of asthma inhalers include jitteriness, nervousness and upset stomach. Other side effects may include unusual weakness, weight loss, dizziness, cough, dry irritated throat, unpleasant taste, hoarseness or nasal congestion, pain or headache, white-colored tongue, prolonged mouth or throat irritation, vision changes, serious allergic reactions, including rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness and trouble breathing.

Psychiatric side effects of asthma inhalers that contain steroids include depression, mood swings, aggression, irritability, insomnia and “steroid psychosis.” People with steroid psychosis appear to be insane and they may babble incoherently, as well as experience hallucinations and delusions. Hospitalization may be necessary and the condition, although usually reversible, may take months to resolve.

Types of Asthma Inhalers

It’s probably safe to say that when most people think “asthma inhaler” they think of someone searching for a cylindrical container, in their pocket or purse, as they gasp desperately for air, suffering from the acute symptoms of an asthma attack.

Actually, there are two different types of asthma inhalers, each with various subcategories. One type of asthma inhaler delivers long-lasting control medication that is designed to prevent an asthma attack.

The other type of asthma inhaler is fast-acting “rescue” medication that opens bronchial airways to arrest the symptoms of a full-blown asthma attack.

There are two basic types of asthma inhalers:

  • Metered-dose asthma inhalers use a chemical propellant to deliver a measured amount of medication to the lungs. Users pump a pressurized container to release a pre-measured dosage of asthma medication that they breathe in slowly for delivery to the lungs.
  • Dry-powder asthma inhalers deliver asthma medication without the chemical propellant ingredient, requiring the user to take a deep fast breath to deliver the medication to the lungs.

Metered-dose inhalers typically are used to deliver “rescue” medications, while dry-powder inhalers can contain long-term asthma symptom-control medication only or in combination with the “rescue” medication.

Asthma Inhalers Deliver Different Types of Medications

The medications that asthma inhalers deliver can be anti-inflammatory (steroids or corticosteroids for long-term use to prevent the acute symptoms of an asthma attack), bronchodilators (for immediate relief of asthma symptoms) or a combination of the two medications.

Anti-inflammatory asthma inhalers are used for long-term control of asthma attacks. They keep the airways open by reducing swelling and they keep mucous production to a minimum. Popular brand name drugs in this category include Aerobid, Azmacort, Flovent, Pulmicort, Symbicort, Asmanex and Qvar.

Bronchodilators can be either short or long-acting. Short-acting bronchodilators provide extremely fast relief of acute asthma symptoms. Popular drugs in this category include albuterol (Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA, AccuNeb), Alupent, Maxair and Xopenex.

Long-acting bronchodilators, also called beta-agonists, relieve asthma symptoms for longer periods. Drugs in this category include Advair and Symbicort.

Combination asthma inhalers mix an anti-inflammatory asthma medication with a long-acting bronchodilator; they include Advair and Symbicort.

Since different types of asthma inhalers require different directions on how to use them, it is important to speak with your doctor and follow precise directions.

Side Effects of Asthma Inhalers

Asthma inhalers are different from most medications because they are inhaled, rather than taken in pill form. Because of this, some of the medication doesn’t get to the lungs as intended; it’s deposited in the mouth or throat and then distributed throughout the body.

Common side effects of asthma inhalers include jitteriness, nervousness and upset stomach. Other side effects may include unusual weakness, weight loss, dizziness, cough, dry irritated throat, unpleasant taste, hoarseness or nasal congestion, pain or headache, white-colored tongue, prolonged mouth or throat irritation, vision changes, serious allergic reactions, including rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness and trouble breathing.

Psychiatric side effects of asthma inhalers that contain steroids include depression, mood swings, aggression, irritability, insomnia and “steroid psychosis.” People with steroid psychosis appear to be insane and they may babble incoherently, as well as experience hallucinations and delusions. Hospitalization may be necessary and the condition, although usually reversible, may take months to resolve.

Find Relief from Asthma Naturally

Ready to take asthma into your own hands and get to the root cause of the problem? Our helpful directory can help you locate a chiropractor nearby that will listen intently to your story, ask you some questions, and suggest an appointment time so that he or she can learn more about you or your child and can examine and evaluate the spine.

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