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Your asthma reliever inhaler: never leave home without it
  1. Mitesh Patel,
  2. Janine Pilcher
  1. Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mitesh Patel, Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, Private Bag 7902, Wellington 6242, New Zealand; Mitesh.Patel{at}

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Chest clinic

Case based discussion

JP: A 25-year-old gentleman with asthma attended for routine out-patient review. As part of this consultation, his current symptoms and recent inhaler use were discussed, including whether he ever left home without his reliever inhaler. Though his asthma was well controlled, he reported that he always carried his reliever inhaler with him for use as a bottle opener for the treatment of acute beverage thirst attacks.

MP: Asthma patients traditionally use reliever inhalers for symptoms of chest tightness, wheeze and cough,1 and are generally advised to always keep these inhalers with …

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  • Contributors MP and JP contributed equally to the data collection and manuscript preparation.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.