Actuation: Process of activating an inhaler to deliver medication.
Actuator: Device that accompanies a metered dose inhaler canister that is used to activate the inhaler.
Acute: Symptoms, often severe, which have a sudden beginning and typically a short course
Anti-Inflammatory: A medication used to reduce swelling of the airways within the lung.
Bronchoconstriction: Narrowing of the airways of the lungs.
Bronchodilator: Medication used to relax and open up the airways of the lungs to make it easier to breathe.
Bronchospasm: contraction of the muscles surrounding the airways in the lungs.
Controller Medication: A medication used to prevent and or control asthma symptoms, such as airway inflammation.
Corticoidsteroid: A type of medication used primarily to reduce airway swelling and inflammation caused by irritants to the lung.
Diskus: A device used to deliver dry powder inhaled medication. To view video on how to use the Diskus; click here.
Inflammation: A protective reaction, of the body, to tissue injury that may produce swelling.
Inhaler: A device used to administer aerosol or dry powder medication to the lungs.
Leukotrienes: Substances released from various cells in the body that can cause airway inflammation and contraction of the muscles surrounding the airways in the lungs.
Leukotriene Receptor Antagonist: A type of medication used to prevent asthma episodes by blocking the release of substances in the body (leukotrienes) that can cause worsening asthma.
Long-Acting Bronchodilator: A bronchodilator that works for up to 12 hours at a time. This type of bronchodilator is generally used as a "controller," to prevent asthma episodes from occurring.
Mcg: Microgram. A measure of medication dosage, equal to one millionth of a gram.
Metered-Dose Inhaler (MDI): A device used to deliver medication to the lungs in a pre-measured amount. To view a video on how to use your MDI; Click here.
Nebulizer: A device that produces a mist and is used to administer medicine into your lungs by inhalation.
Reliever/Rescue Medication: Medication used to relieve acute asthma related symptoms such as wheezing.
Short-Acting Bronchodilator: A bronchodilator that acts quickly, generally starts working within 5 minutes. Its effects generally last for 4-6 hours.
Spacer or Holding Chamber: A device that is attached to your meter-dosed inhaler that holds the medication until you inhale the medication through the spacer/holding chamber.
Turbuhaler: A device used to deliver dry powder inhaled medication. To view a video on how to use your Turba diagram and instructions on how to use the Turbuhaler, please click here.
Wheeze: A musical noise made when you exhale during difficult breathing.