A study in the US has suggested that less than one in five people who use asthma inhalers or epinephrine auto-injectors know how to use them properly.

People with asthma or other allergy risk carry inhalers with them to treat allergic reactions or to help relieve asthma. The researchers enrolled 102 allergy patients who used epinephrine and 44 patients who used asthma inhalers.

Each of the patients demonstrated how they used the devices and the researchers compared their steps to accepted standards of use and manufacturer’s instructions. Only 16 percent of allergy patients used the epinephrine auto-injectors correctly, the most common mistake being not holding the unit in place for at least 10 seconds after triggering.

Just seven percent of the asthma patients used their inhalers correctly with the most common error being not exhaling completely before using the inhaler.

The best thing for asthma and allergy patients to do is to review how to use these devices with their doctors or pharmacists.

Content modified from the post of Shereen Lehman on Reuters

Armed with a PhD in Alternative Medicine, a graduate degree in Biotechnology, an MSc, and an MBA in Clinical Research and Clinical Pharmacology, Dr Jonathan is a certified practitioner of Alternative Medicine and is actively involved in patient education initiatives. He is also the author of the bestselling book, Outsmart Diabetes. Dr Jonathan loves to share his passion for herbs and other alternative medicinal practices with others through his writing.