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Asthma inhaler, Tankerton, England, 1930-1960

Inhalers administered medicines directly into the lungs of people with asthma. This lung condition causes shortness of breath. Treatments placed in the rubber bulb were breathed in through a mouthpiece or nose piece. This example was made by Rybar Laboratories Ltd. in England. Rybar inhalers were sold into the 1960s. They were also available on the National Health Service. They were succeeded by devices delivering a measured dose.

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Glossary: inhaler

A device for breathing in a drug in order to deliver it to the airways or lungs.

Glossary: asthma

A common condition in which the airways go into spasm and become constricted. It causes wheezing, coughing and difficulty in breathing. It is often a reaction to hypersensitivity, but can also be triggered by exercise or stress.