Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

‘Medications’

hfainhalersMetered-dose inhalers are more complicated than swallowing a pill – but, if used properly, they put the medication right where it is needed and can go to work quickly:  the airways of the lungs Read the rest of this entry »

Peak Flow Meters

Published March - 19 - 2009

peakflowmeterWhat Is a Peak Flow Meter?
A peak flow meter is a handheld device that measures the peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR), or the volume of air that can be forcibly expelled from the airways. Read the rest of this entry »

News for Your Nose: Nasal Corticosteroids

Published March - 19 - 2009

nasalSo you have allergies – and the sneezing, itching, runny nose and nasal congestion that come with them. What can you do to relieve symptoms and avoid that groggy medication haze? Nasal corticosteroids might help.

Corticosteroids are a class of medication developed to reduce tissue inflammation (swelling). Inhaled

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Holding Chambers and Spacers

Published March - 9 - 2009

holdingchamberYou think you’re pretty good at using your metered-dose inhaler (MDI), right? But… Read the rest of this entry »

Smart Pain Relief

Published February - 5 - 2009

painrelief-ma-22_1When a cold or flu hits, many of us will do just about anything to relieve the fever, aches and pain. Read the rest of this entry »

Antivirals, Seasonal Flu and You

Published February - 5 - 2009

flu1Have you ever asked your doctor for antibiotics to treat a bad cold, only to be told that you’d just have to wait it out? Read the rest of this entry »

Noisy and Quiet Asthma Medications

Published February - 5 - 2009

inhalerNoisy Medications
Noisy medications or bronchodilators treat the noisy, obvious, uncomfortable part of asthma: coughing, wheezing, choking, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by muscle spasms in the bronchial tubes. Read the rest of this entry »


You’ve tried playing airplane, pinching the baby’s nose, squirting medicines through a syringe, hiding them in flavored gelatin, standing on your head – and nothing seems to get the medication past those raspberried lips. Giving medications to an infant, toddler, or preschooler is a true test of parental ingenuity. Read the rest of this entry »