What Are Dry Powder Inhalers?

Asthma Overview:

In the United States, asthma affects an estimated 26 million people — many of whom aren’t aware that they have it. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that’s complex, ever-changing, and unpredictable. Asthma symptoms can be triggered by seasons, indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, allergen exposure, and air quality.

What are the different types of inhalers?

There are many types of respiratory treatments available to treat asthma and COPD. Your asthma treatment plan might include the use of a dry powder inhaler. Another common type of inhaler, a metered dose inhaler, works by propelling medication into the lungs. Dry powder inhalers are different. They rely on the patient taking a deep, fast breath in order to inhale the medication into the lungs. Unlike many metered dose inhalers, dry powder inhalers do not need a spacer.  Your asthma specialist will help you learn how to use the device.

How do you use a dry powder inhaler?

The specific instructions vary between brands. In general, however, you’ll need to adjust the device to load a dose of the medication. Then, turn your head to the side and exhale as much air out of your lungs as you can. Next, insert the mouthpiece into your mouth and take a very deep, strong, and steady breath to fill your lungs completely. Hold your breath for no longer than 10 seconds. Then, remove the mouthpiece and exhale steadily and slowly. If the delivered medication is a corticosteroid, your asthma doctor may instruct you to gargle with water after taking a dose. Spit out the water—do not swallow it.

What if I have questions about using a Dry Powder Inhaler?

If you have any questions about your asthma treatment, contact the Allergy & Asthma Specialists team. Our practice cares for patients with allergies and asthma in Lansdale, Collegeville, Pottstown, Jenkintown, Doylestown, King of Prussia, Blue Bell, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2 or book online to schedule an appointment.