While 2.4 million Canadians suffer from asthma, according to a study conducted by the Lung Association, 9 out of 10 Canadians do not have it under control — though many believe they do.
Doctors recommend regular follow-ups with a physician as well as specific training on how to properly use an inhaler. “The typical metered dose inhaler (MDI) requires careful timing and a technique that must be practised and perfected with the supervision of an expert,” says Dr. Jason K. Lee, a physician in Toronto and Asthma Section Advisor at the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
In that panic-inducing moment of chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing, getting the necessary dose of medication can be challenging.
Breathe easier with an inhaler and chamber
An inhaler with a valved holding chamber, such as the AeroChamber Plus® Flow-Vu® chamber, can deliver asthma medications better, notes Dr. Lee, who recommends this type of device for most of his asthma patients. Though it still requires training, the chamber allows for more normal breathing, and the “flow-vu” indicator enables users to see that the medication is being inhaled. Additionally, people of all ages may benefit from using a chamber because it reduces the amount of medication that can get trapped at the back of the throat, while allowing the medication to be inhaled into the lungs where it’s most needed. The device has been shown clinically to reduce emergency room visits and hospitalization.1
Uncontrolled asthma can reduce the ability to exercise, work, and socialize. To preserve lung function and quality of life, controlling asthma is critical. Fortunately, a valved holding chamber such as the AeroChamber Plus® Flow-Vu® chamber can help improve control of asthma and reduce exacerbations, in turn, providing a better quality of life.
1 Burudpakdee et al. , Pulmonary Therapy, 2017