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How can i treat asthma?

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Dr. Paul Williams
Allergy and Immunology 28 years experience
Depends on severity: There are different "types" of asthma and different severities. Treatment depends on frequency of symptoms, how much it impacts your life, need for urgent care and others. There are many treatments available, and asthma is usually controllable.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Asthma: See an asthma specialist to get a regimen specifically designed for you. Every asthmatic is a different individual with individual medication needs.
Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Inhaled steroids: The most common medications used to treat asthma include short-acting beta agonists (albuterol), both inhaled and nebulized forms, and inhaled corticosteroids. Inhaled corticosteroids are used to prevent asthma symptoms, while albuterol is often used to treat break-through symptoms.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Meds...: Asthma is treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Other medications can be used as well, depending on your symptoms and triggers as well as disease severity. These meds need to be prescribed by a doctor. Good luck!
Dr. Michael Rupp
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Agree: You need to see an asthma specialist. Every asthma patient is different, but treatments are similar in that they focus on reducing inflammation in the lungs which opens up the air tubes and makes it easier to breathe. Every patient should have a spirometry (breathing test) done to assess the severity of their asthma and later response to treatment.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
Step wise treatment: Usually, the treatment starts off with a short acting beta agonist, like albuterol. If this isn't enough, then an inhaled steroid is added. Then, if you need more, a long acting beta agonist/steroid combo is added. During the work up, an IgE level and an allergen panel should be done to see if you would benefit from Xolair.
Dr. Adam King
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
One big question!: Asthma treatment today is a complicated disease that requires the skills of a trained provider. To optimally treat asthma several breathing tests, medication choices and follow-up appointments are needed. Young men, like yourself, are at high risk of severe complications of asthma, due to lack of taking medications and following up with their doctor. Pease seek the advice of a doctor soon!
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Action plan: I strongly suggest that you consult an allergist first and get tested for allergies as both are interrelated. Once you know your triggers, you are given information to avoid them and avoid flare ups of your asthma, and then an asthma action plan is provided by your doctor. You need to use inhalers but other medications can also be used.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
See Doctor: See your doctor.Determine the proper diagnosis.Construct a therapeutic plan for the problem.And allow you body to hopefully heal and resolve the problem.The longer you have asthma, the more lung damage may occur and the harder healing may be.
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Find out what: your "triggers" are...allergies/stress/environmental issues and find a good PULMONOLOGIST or ALLERGIST to help you design a medication program best for you! (Rescue inhalers, ongoing medications etc etc Some skin testing may be necessary! Start with your Primary Care Physician for a Referral Hope this helps! Dr Z
Dr. Marc Serota
Dermatology 14 years experience
Meds, education: You should see an asthma specialist. They will characterize your asthma (mild, moderate persistent, severe persistent etc.) and make recommendations on treatment. If more than intermittent we treat with a controller inhaler (steroid) plus a rescue inhaler (albuterol). Avoiding triggers is also important (allergens, irritants etc.)
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Controller&Relie: Common medicines used for Asthma fall into two groups 1 The controller Medicines which are used to control the inflammation in bronchi which causes asthma,and these are steroids either orally or by inhalation and leukotriene receptor antagonist like singular given orally 2Reliever meds to relieve Bronchospasm and these are called Bronchodilaters,short acting like Albuterol/ Xopenex&long actin
Dr. Rifat Naghmi
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Asthma: The treatment depends on the severity. Mild cases - only albuterol as needed. Moderate and severe cases - betaagonists and inhaled steroids.
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Asthma : Asthma is treated by inhalers . Depending on severity of asthma and frequency of symptoms your doctor would choose the inhaler for you . Please see you doctor . https://patient.info/health/asthma-leaflet
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 16 years experience
Step wise treatment: Usually, the treatment starts off with a short acting beta agonist, like albuterol. If this isn't enough, then an inhaled steroid is added. Then, if you need more, a long acting beta agonist/steroid combo is added. During the work up, an IgE level and an allergen panel should be done to see if you would benefit from Xolair.
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Depends: There are different aspects to treating asthma. B2 agonists like albuterol work quickly but there are other forms of inhalers that have delayed effects ad there are also preventive ones also. Inhaled steroids and other medications likewise can be prescribed for prevention. Medication is best tailored to the individuals needs.
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Reliever/Preventer: This is a big topic. Most people only get symptoms every now and again (e.g. when they get a cold or exposed to dust) and their asthma will respond to a reliever like salbutamol (ventolin). Others get regular symptoms that require a preventer (there are various inhalers but most contain a low dose steroid). Have a look at this http://www.asthma.org.nz/resources/

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