What is an Asthma Attack and How Can an Albuterol Inhaler Help?

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An Albuterol Inhaler is typically used in the event of asthma attack. Bronchospasm occurs during an asthma attack which causes difficulty in breathing and can be mild or severe. In normal or non-asthmatic condition, air travels into and out of our lungs through a network of airways (bronchial tubes) easily. The airways are relaxed and the tissues are thin.

During an asthma attack or asthmatic condition, muscles around the airways (bronchial tubes) tighten and thicken and the air passages become inflamed and mucus-filled. This makes it difficult for air to flow through which causes difficulty in breathing.

What Causes Asthma Attack?

Asthma attack can be triggered by environmental or physical factors. Environmental factors could be due to inhaling of cigarette smoke, strong chemical odors or spray cleansers. Physical factors could be due to colds or flu, or excessive exercise or under-stress.

An Albuterol Inhaler is fundamentally a medical device. It contains Albuterol inside a metal canister and releases the drug when operated, by means of Metered-Dose Inhaler. It is typically used during a severe asthma attack.

Note: Albuterol is a type of medicine (also known as bronchodilator) which provides quick relief to asthma-related symptoms like shortness of breathe, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. It is part of a class of asthma drugs known as beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, or beta agonists for short.

What Is Albuterol Inhaler Used For :

An Albuterol Inhaler is primarily used to relieve asthma or chronic bronchitis symptoms, or to prevent the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma. It can only be used by adults or children whom are at least 12 years old and above.

How It Works :

When operated, the MDI (Metered-Dosed Inhaler) transforms liquid Albuterol into a fine mist, which will then be inhaled through the patient’s mouth (also known as a puff) or sometimes using an additional device called spacer. Albuterol is a drug then will then relax the smooth muscles of the airways from the trachea all the way down to the smallest airways.

Other Information :

Each puff of Albuterol contains 90 micrograms of medicine. 2 puffs are needed as a usual dose to relieve asthma and can be repeated every 4 to 6 hours. For exercise-induced asthma, it is recommended to use it 15 to 30 minutes before any physical activity.

An Albuterol Inhaler comes in 2 types of inhalers, CFC-Free Inhaler and HFA-Type Inhaler.

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