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Why Do I Need to Rinse My Mouth After Using an Inhaler?

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I’m told to rinse my mouth after using my orange inhaler (Alvesco). I don’t understand the reason… would you be able to explain?

It is very important to rinse out the mouth after using asthma inhalers that contain corticosteroids. Alvesco does contain corticosteroid. Rinsing will prevent irritation and inflammation in the mouth that can be caused by the corticosteroid. It will also help to prevent the development of thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection that can occur with the use of these types of inhalers.

Asthma, Medicines
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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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