Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

What Determines if Someone Needs an Inhaler?

If you are concerned about shortness of breath, wheezing, or other breathing difficulties, it’s important to visit your primary care provider (PCP) to determine the best next step for you. 

Your PCP might do a lung function test – called spirometry. They can use the lung function results along with the symptoms you describe to determine whether or not you need an inhaler, according to Premier HealthNet (PHN) physicians.

Your medical history and lung function test combined will help your PCP determine not only if you need an inhaler, but also what kind of inhaler and how frequently this medication should be used to control your asthma symptoms, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).

For more information about what determines when someone needs an inhaler, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine