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what is the side effect of inhaler?

Hi I am asthmatic and am taking a new inhaler now- called Formonide. I am 22 yrs old/F and have asthma since childhood. I had a attack 10 days back and then was given this inhaler. My asthma is better now but I have white patches and slight burning on my tongue and side of mouth since 2 days. I never had this before. Is it a bad effect of the inhaler and what should I do?
Mon, 28 Nov 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hello.

Thanks for writing to us.

You are having a fungal infection of your oral cavity due to improper use of the steroid inhaler. Maintaining a good oral hygiene with topical clotrimazole lotion will help in reducing your symptoms. Be careful to rinse your mouth everytime after you use the inhaler to avoid oral absorption of the steroid.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.

Regards,

Dr. Praveen Tayal
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andres's  Response
Hi, Thanks for your query, from your description of the problem we feel that it is most probably oral candidiasis, a fungal infection of the mouth. It is a complication that may occur when a inhaler which contains a steroid is used. To prevent this problem from recurring always rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water after you use the inhaler. The treatment for oral candidiasis is simple, but you will need to see your doctor for a prescription for the medicine.
General & Family Physician Dr. K. P. V. Rao's  Response
Hi Fidel,
Your assumption of inhaler[Formonide] causing white patches on the tongue is correct---Formonide is a steroid inhaler to prevent asthma.Steroids inhalers are known to cause fungal infection in the oral cavity[oral thrush] if your resistance is low.You should have a balanced diet and vitamins to improve your resistance.For the white patches and burning sensation on your tongue consult your family physician---there is a treatment for oral thrush.
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what is the side effect of inhaler?

Hello. Thanks for writing to us. You are having a fungal infection of your oral cavity due to improper use of the steroid inhaler. Maintaining a good oral hygiene with topical clotrimazole lotion will help in reducing your symptoms. Be careful to rinse your mouth everytime after you use the inhaler to avoid oral absorption of the steroid. I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you. Regards, Dr. Praveen Tayal