Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

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Asthma Medication Answers

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Question: Can Asthma be cured?

Answer: No cure for asthma – not at this moment yet. Nevertheless, following an asthma action plan can assist to keep asthma under control.

Question: Why do we need to have different kind of asthma medicines?

Answer: Generally there are two different types of asthma medication – a controller and a reliever. Asthma is inflammation of the airways in the lungs,if only you have very mild asthma, otherwise you probably use both types of the above medicines. Long-term preventive medicines are those that are taken on a daily basis, to keep the airways stable and control asthma symptoms. Reliever/Rescue medicines are taken during an asthma finite period – to stop the symptoms of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath or prior to exercise to prevent asthma symptoms.

Question: How safe is it to use an inhaled steroid daily?

Answer: Inhaled steroids are treatment for chronic and persistent asthma. They have long-term control qualities to prevent asthma symptoms. Besides oral forms, inhaled steroids are considered safe to use on a regular basis. When taken with prescribed dosage, the medication does not enter the bloodstream and, therefore, side effects are eliminated. Some side effects such as hoarseness, yeast infection in the mouth and coughing can be avoided by rinsing the mouth and gargling with water or mouthwash after each use, and by using a spacer device with metered dose inhalers.

Question:Does I always need to take asthma medicine?

Answer:The period or duration you need to take your asthma medication depends on how severe your asthma is and how often you have asthma symptoms. For instance, if your asthma symptoms occur only during a certain period of the year when your allergens are present, then you may only have to take medications to control your asthma symptoms during that period.But most people with asthma need to take everyday control medications.

The above information are not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor. Please consult your doctor for advice about your specific asthma medical condition.