Asthma 101

Asthma 101

Welcome to the Asthma Hub!

Here, we delve into the ins and outs of asthma – a condition that affects millions worldwide. From understanding its pathophysiology to managing it effectively, we cover it all.
Let's dive in!

1. Pathophysiology of Asthma


Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition of the airways. When exposed to triggers such as allergens or irritants, the airways become inflamed, leading to swelling and narrowing. This causes symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.


2. Acute vs. Chronic Asthma

Acute asthma refers to sudden exacerbations of symptoms, often requiring immediate intervention like rescue inhalers with use of spacers. Chronic asthma, on the other hand, involves persistent inflammation and requires long-term management to prevent flare-ups potentially including regular use of inhalers known as cortico-steroids. 

3. Demographics of Asthma

Asthma can affect anyone, but certain demographics, such as children, elderly individuals, and those with a family history of asthma or allergies, are at higher risk. 

4. Childhood Asthma

Childhood asthma is a significant concern, affecting millions of kids globally. Understanding triggers and proper management are crucial for ensuring a child's well-being. Thankfully, children can grow out of asthma when they are adults. It is Very important to invest in a Spacer for your child to ensure no lung damage occurs due to chronically uncontrolled swelling due to poor medication delivery systems


5. How Asthma is Diagnosed

Diagnosing asthma involves a combination of medical history, physical exams, and lung function tests like spirometry. It's essential to differentiate asthma from other respiratory conditions to tailor the treatment effectively.

6. How Asthma is Treated

Treatment aims to control symptoms, reduce inflammation, and prevent exacerbations. It typically includes long-term controller medications like inhaled corticosteroids and quick-relief medications like bronchodilators.


7. The Importance of an Aerochamber with the use of a Puffer

An Aerochamber, also known as a spacer, drastically enhances the effectiveness of inhalers by ensuring more medication reaches the distal ends of lungs, where the inflammation is occurring. When Aerochambers aren't used, majority of the medication is deposited in the back of the mouth. It is particularly beneficial for children, elderly individuals, and anyone who struggles with proper inhaler technique.

Get your Aerochamber today and make it easier to use & more effective medication delivery. 


8. How do Aerochambers work?

Aerochambers act as a holding chamber to slow down the medication particles and allow a smoother, better controlled slow deep breath minimizing the amount of deposition in the upper airways. The plastic used for the aerochambers is coated with an anti-static product which prevents the aerosolized medication from sticking to the sides of the chamber. Because increased amounts of medication can reach the distal ends of the lungs, more medication will be deposited into the affected areas, leading to faster improvements. The more time the lungs are spent in an inflammatory response, the greater the chances for scar tissue to grow and potentially permanently decrease lung function. 

Why Choose Capital Home Medical Equipment?

Capital Home Medical Equipment offers top-notch care and services for managing asthma effectively.

  • Respiratory Therapist Guided Care: Their team includes experienced respiratory therapists who provide personalized care and guidance tailored to your needs.

  • Professional Services: From equipment provision to education on proper device usage, they offer professional services to ensure you get the most out of your asthma management plan.

  • Locally Owned and Operated: As a locally owned and operated business, they understand the community's unique needs and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care.

Join the conversation! Share your experiences, tips, and questions about managing asthma. Let's support each other on our journey to better respiratory health.


Rafael Mendonca, RRT Manager 

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