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.

Healthy Eating for Wellness & Immunity

The key messages from Healthy Food for Life are:


➔ Eat more vegetables, salad and fruit – Up to seven servings a day.
➔ Limit intake of high fat, sugar, salt (HFSS) food and drinks.
➔ Size matters: Use the food pyramid as a guide for serving sizes.
➔ Increase your physical activity levels.
➔ Small changes can make a big difference.
➔ Start TODAY!

Healthy food pyramid

As well as ‘Fuelling’ Properly through a Balanced and Varied Diet,
→ Micronutrients are essential to support a healthy immune system, particularly Vitamins A, C, D, E, B2, B6, and B12, Folic Acid, Iron, Selenium, and Zinc
Vitamin C:
■ Found in: Most Fruit & Vegetables particularly Citrus fruits, Berries, Kiwifruit, Greens such as Broccoli,
Brussels Sprouts etc.○ Vitamin A:
■ Found in: Leafy Green Veg, Yellow, Orange, Red coloured Fruits and Vegetables, Cod liver oil, Milk, Eggs.
Vitamin E:
■ Found in: Plant Oils, Nuts, Seeds, Wholegrains.
B Complex Vitamins:
■ Wholegrain Cereals, Legumes, Leafy Green Veg., Eggs, Dairy, Fish, Meat, Organ Meat, Mushrooms, Nuts.
Zinc:
■ Found in: Meat, Shellfish, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Seeds, Legumes, Wholegrains.
Selenium:
■ Seafood, Organ Meats, Wholegrains, Dairy, Meat, Eggs.
Iron:
■ Red Meat, Fish, Poultry, Dark Green Leafy Veg., Nuts, Beans, Fortified Foods.

For further advice, chat to our Clinical Nutritionist Cliona McCarthy