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What is a rescue inhaler?

A rescue inhaler dispenses medication called a bronchodilator, which expands or dilates the airways, making it easier to breathe. It is used to relieve or stop the symptoms of an asthma attack. Rescue inhalers also help clear mucus from the lungs. As the airways open, the mucus moves more freely and can be coughed out more easily. Rescue inhalers should be used as soon as a person feels their asthma beginning to flare up. 

There are two types of bronchodilators: 

Short-acting bronchodilators relieve or stop asthma symptoms. These are often taken to stop an asthma attack.

Long-acting bronchodilators help control asthma symptoms by keeping the airways open for 12 hours, preventing asthma attacks.

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways, but treatment with the right medications leads to better asthma control. If your asthma medications do not control your symptoms, contact Northeast Allergy, Asthma & Immunology today to schedule your appointment. 


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