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Asthma Medication

   

With the rise in the number of people suffering from asthma, there has also been a rise in the number of asthma medications available. In the past, almost all asthma sufferers relied on inhalers to treat asthma attacks when they had them. Today, there is more of an emphasis on preventing asthma attacks and symptoms. Symptoms suffered by those with this condition include shortness of breath and wheezing. An attack is generally a sudden onset of these symptoms, often caused by something in a person’s environment. The aim of many newer asthma medications is to prevent patients from ever having an attack. There is an old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and respiratory doctors seem to have taken this to heart.

Now, instead of only presecribing an inhaler for patients to use during an attack, they prescribe any number of medications for daily use. Most of these medications are some kind of steroid. Steroids help to reopen the airways that close up during an asthma attack. They also help reduce inflammation, another factor in an attack. The exact type and dose of medication a doctor prescribes will depend on the severity of a patient’s asthma. Those who have occasional attacks that can be treated with an inhaled steroid will most likely only be given that. Those who have attacks on a weekly basis may be prescribed a low but daily dose of an oral or inhaled steroid. And those who suffer from severe asthma may be given a high dose of oral steroids or even injections on a regular basis.

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