Asthma and Allergies

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

What is a Rescue Inhaler, and When Should it Be Used?

A rescue inhaler is one used to provide quick relief when asthma symptoms flare up, making it feel like it’s hard to breathe, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A rescue inhaler is used for short-term relief, but doesn’t improve any long-term asthma issues, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology(AAAAI).

Symptoms that would cause someone to want to use their rescue inhaler would include wheezing and shortness of breath.

Talk to your doctor for more information about rescue inhalers and when they should be used.

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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