Top 10 Inhaler Tips from The Asthma Society of Ireland

  1. Talk to your healthcare professional about your medication and device technique. Ask them which inhaler to use first and how long to wait between each inhalation
  2. Clarify medication dose, when to take your inhaler and what to do if breathing symptoms deteriorate
  3. Talk to them about the importance of checking inhaler technique REGULARLY
  4. Discuss how and when to clean the device
  5. Consider expiry dates of the device. Ask them if your device is reusable; if there is a discard date and how to discard the device.
  1. Discuss safe storage and disposal of the device
  2. Ask them how to prime the device
  3. Ask what to do if your device malfunctions
  4. Discuss the signs for an empty device and when it needs to be replaced
  5. Ask them for patient information, Asthma Society resources or for a referral if necessary.

Treating Hayfever

Treating HayFever

Visit your pharmacist and try to treat your hay fever symptoms with over-the-counter medications, such as antihistamines.
If your symptoms don’t improve after using antihistamines, make an appointment to see your GP. You may need treatment with prescription medications, such as nasal steroid medication.
The various treatments for hay fever are outlined below. You can also read a summary of the pros and cons of hay fever treatments, allowing you to compare your treatment options.


Antihistamines treat hay fever by blocking the action of the chemical histamine, which the body releases when it thinks it’s under attack from an allergen.
This stops the symptoms of the allergic reaction.
Antihistamines are usually effective at treating itching, sneezing and watery eyes, but they may not help with clearing a blocked nose.
They’re available in tablet form and also as nasal sprays and eye drops.
You can use antihistamines as:
– an “as-required” treatment– you take them when you first notice you’re developing the symptoms of hay fever
– a preventative treatment– for example, if you know there’s going to be a high pollen count, you can take them before leaving the house in the morning

Unlike older antihistamines, Piriton, newer types shouldn’t cause drowsiness, although this can occasionally happen to some people.
You should avoid driving or using heavy tools or machinery if you do become drowsy after be using antihistamines. You should also contact your GP or pharmacist, as there may be an alternative antihistamine you can take.

Steroid Nasal Sprays
Because they have an anti-inflammatory effect, corticosteroids (steroids) are used to treat hay fever.
The inside of your nose becomes inflamed when pollen triggers your allergic reaction. Steroids can reduce the inflammation and prevent the symptoms of hay fever.
You can buy Steroid nasal sprays from your pharmacy, Beconase or Pirinase instead of antihistamines if:
– you have persistent hay fever that doesn’t respond to antihistamines
– your main symptom is a blocked nose

Steroids are better than antihistamine tablets at preventing and relieving nasal symptoms, including sneezing and congestion. They can also relieve itchy, watery eyes. They’re most effective if you start using them a couple of weeks before your symptoms begin, and work best when used regularly.
It’s important that you read the instructions that come with your medication, as applying the drops or the spray incorrectly can increase your risk of developing side effects, such as:
– irritation and dryness of your nose
– bleeding from your nose
– unpleasant taste in your mouth
– itchy skin rash around your nose

Prevalin Nasal Spray
Prevalin Allergy is most effective when used before or at the first signs of an allergic reaction. It works by:

Neutralising allergens already inside the nose
Forming a micro gel barrier to prevent allergens from triggering an allergic reaction
Supports fast clearance of the allergens in the nose

5 Tips so you can Survive Spring Allergies

1. Limit your time outdoors
Each spring, trees release billions of tiny pollen grains into the air. When you breathe them into your nose and lungs, they can trigger an allergic reaction. Staying inside can help, especially on windy days and during the early morning hours, when pollen counts are highest.

When you do head outdoors, wear glasses or sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes. A filter mask can help when you mow the lawn or work in the garden. Different types are available, so ask your doctor to suggest one that will work best for you.

Once you head back inside, always take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothing.

2. Take allergy medicine
It can help adults and children with sniffles and a runny nose, Kim says.Antihistamines, which block your body’s response to allergies, usually work in less than an hour. But read the package carefully. Some older drugs, like chlorpheniramine, clemastine, and diphenhydramine can make you drowsy.

For more severe allergies, we suggests a nasal spray. But don’t expect symptoms to vanish right away. “They may take a few days to work,” he says. Since they can have side effects like burning, dryness, or nosebleeds, use the lowest dose that controls your symptoms.

Hot Tip: Switch between drugs if, after several weeks, you find your body stops responding as well to one of the pills.

3. Protect yourself early on
Start taking medicine long before your eyes get watery and you’re sneezing nonstop, at least 1 week before the season begins. That way, the medicine will be in your system by the time you need it.

4. Cleanse your garden
Your worst hay fever foe could be planted right outside your window, warns horticulturalist and author Tom Ogren. Take stock of your plants: if one has fruit or berries, it’s not male and won’t release pollen (female plants don’t produce pollen). If you can’t identify a plant on your own, take a clipping to a nursery for help identifying its gender.

5. Tweak your home
Simple changes make a difference. Shut all windows to keep out pollen. Use an air conditioner to cool your home instead of a fan, which draws in air from outside.

Take off your shoes at the door and ask guests to do the same. That keeps allergens outside.

Clean floors with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. These filters trap 99.97% of microscopic particles in the air. And don’t line-dry clothes or sheets in warmer weather! They’ll collect pollen while they hang outside.

Finally, don’t smoke. It can make allergy symptoms worse. If you or someone you live with smokes, now is a good time to quit. If you start smoking again, start over.