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is it dangerous to inhale asthma medications with steroids inside?

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Dr. Giana Nicoara
Allergy and Immunology 28 years experience
No: It is dangerous however, to let asthma symptoms go untreated. If one needs a rescue inhaler( albuterol) more than twice a week on a regular basis, and the rescue inhaler is used for more than just vigorous activity, that is a sign that asthma is poorly controlled. A controller medication like an inhaled steroid and/ or singulair (montelukast) is needed;.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
No...: Inhaled steroids are needed in most asthmatics because they decrease airway inflammation, a major component of asthma. Very little of the steroids are absorbed systemically so the systemic side effects are little to none. This is a very well tolerated treatment in the vast majority of asthmatics.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

18 and just diagnosed as asthma free. Taken off my meds. My breathing is bad but will it get better over time?

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Depends: It may but asthma can reoccur even after being symptom free for along periods of time. Even though you may not need you medicines at present, i would keep your rescue meds available for any unexpected emergency.

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