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What Helps Asthma without an Inhaler?

  • Medical Author:
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Ask a Doctor

My daughter has asthma. Her inhaler will take care of her asthma attacks, but she is often left dizzy with a headache and sometimes nausea from the albuterol side effects. We’d like to get her off the inhaler, but we don’t know what we can do to reduce her asthma symptoms. What helps asthma without an inhaler?

Doctor’s Response

Inhalers are a mainstay of asthma treatment. Some types of inhalers help prevent asthma attacks, while others relieve the symptoms once an attack has started.

One of the ways to help asthma without an inhaler is to avoid triggers such as viruses, allergens, pollutants, and exercise. Triggers can cause airway inflammation and asthma symptoms.

Get your annual flu shot. People with asthma are at higher risk for complications from influenza.

For people who have difficulty using inhalers, nebulizers (sometimes called “breathing treatments”) can be used. These are small machines that help administer medication in the form of a mist breathed into the lungs.

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Reviewed on 4/9/2019
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