A disease that more than 16.4 million people have been diagnosed with in the U.S. is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It’s the third leading cause of death in the country and is a chronic disease, which means there is no cure. People living with COPD must find a treatment that helps them manage symptoms and make life more comfortable. A search online will show you what treatments are available.
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One method of treatment for COPD patients is using an inhaler. You can learn about the different types of inhalers that are helpful to use with this condition by searching online.
Inhalers vs. Nebulizers
Both inhalers and nebulizers are devices that treat breathing disorders by turning medication into a breathable substance. They work to open up the airways, alleviate COPD symptoms, and make breathing easier. Although these devices are similar, there is an important difference between the two.
Inhalers are small and portable devices that offers medication in three forms:
- MDI – a liquid medication a person inhales slowly in single bursts by using a spacer.
- DPI – a dry and powdered medication a person inhales without a spacer by wrapping their lips around the mouthpiece.
- SMI – an inhaler that delivers medication in a slow mist.