Learn More About Asthma Inhalers
Most frequent questions and answers about the blue and brown inhalers.
Inflammation in the airways causes the symptoms of asthma, which can ultimately be triggered by different things. This inflammation causes contraction of the airways, making it more difficult for air to get in and out.
Inhalers are the main form of tratment for asthma attacks. With inhalers, you breathe the medication in to provide more direct relief to your airways.
A blue reliever inhaler is usually used to relieve asthma attacks, while a brown preventer inhaler is used regularly to reduce the chances of an attack occurring.
About half of children who develop asthma seem to lose symptoms by the time they reach adulthood. Asthma is not curable through treatment, but can be controlled. This is usually done with a combination of blue reliever inhaler and a brown steroid inhaler.
There are two main types of inhalers: Reliever and preventer.
Reliever inhalers are used to ease symptoms during an asthma attack. This provides quick treatment to relax airway muscles. Quite often, these types of inhalers are called blue inhalers.
Preventer inhalers usually contain steroids and are taken daily to prevent symptoms from developing. With inflammation reduced, the chances of an asthma attack are decreased. It takes 7-14 days for the steroid to build its effect up and therefore should not be used as a reliever inhaler. These inhalers are often also known as brown inhalers.
The type of inhaler that is best to treat your asthma depends on a few factors.
Convenience, age, co-ordination and severity of your asthma all factor into which inhaler would be most effective for yourself. You should consult with your doctor to discuss the best inhaler for you.