Re: Wheezing While Resting
The most common rescue drugs are inhalers. However, I say that with the comment that they may have different drugs/treatments where you are...I doubt it, since logically speaking, inhaled medications are most rapid in working - they go directly to the lungs. Some of us do use nebulizers; I think they are most common with young children who may not be mature enough to manage an inhaler. I have both inhaler and nebulizer. The nebulizer, as you may know, is a machine that provides you with a medicated mist that you breathe. I feel like I get more relief from the nebulizer, but it isn't as portable and convenient as my inhaler.
As far as I'm aware, everyone with asthma uses rescue medications; the people with less severe asthma may only use the rescue medications. They won't need controller meds, will only use their rescuer on the infrequent times that they have symptoms. I know several people that have mild, intermittant asthma; one young friend only needs her inhaler during pollen season. You may find that once your controller meds get fully working - and it may take some experimentation to get a workable dose - you will rarely need a rescuer. That is ideal. But you'll still probably need one just in case. You know - you get a cold (that's a common trigger) - some things your controller may not be able to fully control.
I'm still figuring out how to treat my asthma, to be honest. How to use the nebulizer, when to use my rescuer. Everyone is sooo different; I've been reading a book that's teaching me a lot ("The Harvard Medical School Guide to Taking Control of Your Asthma"). The authors have respectable credentials, so I trust what I'm reading...but we're still all so different. Also - they keep coming out with new medications and treatment protocols all the time, which is encouraging. What is available in your country may not be available where I am.