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how to control asthma?

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Dr. Rifat Naghmi
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Asthma: Control of asthma involves avoidance of allergens and administration of rescue medications such as albuterol inhaler and/or inhaled steroids.
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Inhalers & avoidance: Avoiding things that trigger your asthma, such as dust or animals, can help. Most asthma is controlled with short acting inhalers like albuterol, & long acting inhaled steroids. Albuterol helps acute attacks; inhaled steroids help prevent attacks from happening in the first place. Other meds, such as singulair (montelukast) or oral steroids, are used when these aren't enough to keep it under control.
Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Many options: There are many options to help control asthma, what is used depends on the age of the patient, the severity of the asthma and what works for the individual. It includes avoidance of triggers, inhaled bronchodialators, maybe inhaled steroids, possibly pills for allergies or to block the asthma like singulair, (montelukast) and other medications or inhalers. It is important to get it controlled, see your doctor!
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna commented
Family Medicine 57 years experience
To control asthma you have to understand what asthma is.It is an inflammation in the airways and causes spasms in the bronchi.It ia an allergic conditions and there are triggers which can exacerbate asthma attacks.Some triggers are avoidable like cigarette smoke,pets,house dust .There are controller medications, inhaled steroids,cromolyn,singular.Bronchdilaters are used to relieve bronchospasm
Apr 23, 2012
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
CONTROLLER MEDS: In my opinion Controller meds which include inhaled Steroids with long acting Bronchodilaters also inhaled in combinations if taken correctly work best and sometimes one can add Montelucast(Singular) to that to control Asthma and reduce the incidents of acute attacks and exacerbations to minimum For acute attacks reliever meds like Albuterol or Levalbuteral are used with oral steroids sometimes
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Many: 1. Identify and avoid asthma triggers (this may be allergic, irritant, ge reflux, sinus, colds, cold air, etc) 2. If persistent asthma, a daily controller medication like inhaled steroid medication is most effective. Many other meds also. 3. Influenza vaccine annually and pneumonia vaccine 4. Monitor symptoms (sometimes peak flows) and have a written asthma action plan to follow during an attack.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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See details: See a doctor, have the asthma evaluated for possible triggers or causes and start medication to help prevent flares and treat those that do occur.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
CONTROLLER MEDS: In my opinion Controller meds which include inhaled Steroids with long acting Bronchodilaters also inhaled in combinations if taken correctly work best and sometimes one can add Montelucast(Singular) to that to control Asthma and reduce the incidents of acute attacks and exacerbations to minimum For acute attacks reliever meds like Albuterol or Levalbuteral are used with oral steroids sometimes

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