Seasonal Allergies - Getting the Most Out of Your Medication

As flowers begin to bloom, pollen begins to fill the air. Seasonal allergies can trigger attacks in the seven million children who are living with asthma in the United States. Experts say many of them are using their inhalers incorrectly, which fails to deliver up to 80% of the medication deep into the airway where it is needed the most. BJ Lanser, MD, a pediatrician and asthma specialist at National Jewish Health developed a list of the top 10 mistakes his patients were making and an easy to follow guide to fix them.

Here are the top 10 mistakes:

1. Sitting Down
2. Using an empty inhaler
3. Not shaking or priming the inhaler
4. Not using a spacer with an MDI inhaler
5. Holding the head too far forward or backward
6. Tongue or teeth in the way of spacer/inhaler opening
7. Mouth not tight enough around spacer/inhaler
8. Directing spacer/inhaler at tongue or roof of mouth
9. Spraying several puffs of inhaler into space
10. Inhaling medicine too fast

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