Asthma is a long-term, chronic lung disease that causes inflammation and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. For those with asthma, coughing usually occurs at night or early in the morning. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it often begins during childhood.
To best understand asthma, it helps to know how the airways work. Airways are tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs. Those with asthma have airways are inflamed and this makes them extremely sensitive and swollen. When the airways retract, the muscles around them tighten, narrowing the airways and causing less air to flow into the lungs. The swelling can also worsen, which, in turn, makes the airways even narrower. Cells in the airways might also make more mucus than normal. With the sticky, thick mucus present, the airways can become even more narrow.
Inflamed airways tend to react positively to certain inhaled substances and medical devices, like the Smiths Medical Acapella PEP (Positive Expiratory Pressure) therapy unit. The Acapella combines the benefits of airway vibrations to mobilize pulmonary secretions and is small enough to be used anywhere. It improves the clearance of secretions and facilitates the opening of airways in patients with lung diseases with secretory problems. The Acapella comes in different styles to customize treatment based on clinical needs, the green unit is for high-flow, and the blue is for low-flow. Smiths Medical Acapella also offers a DM Pediatric version for young ones who suffer from asthma.
The benefit of using a Smiths Medical Acapella device for asthma is that it can accommodate virtually any lung capacity. The device allows inhalation and exhalation without removing the device from the mouth and may be used with a mask or mouthpiece Nebulizer. The patient can sit, stand or recline while doing the treatment.
Get your Asthma PEP Therapy Device today and start enjoying all its benefits by placing an order on our website, or by calling 1-888-687-4334 and talking to one of our helpful Medical Supply Specialists.