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Asthma Relief Without Inhaler
Can patients with vocal chord dysfunction get some relief from asthma inhalers, particularly blue rescue inhalers?
Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more
Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all
2)quick relief inhaler
Don't play doctor: That is a decision that you should make in consultation with your physician. Your quick relief inhaler should only be used for acute symptoms and not routinely. The nhlbi guidelines other than younger children would suggest the oral controller tablet. The steroid inhaler is the primary medication otherwise for anything other than "intermittent asthma". Don't play doctor! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Unfortunately, the is no cure for asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that may "flare" depending upon an individual's triggers. Studies performed with disease "controllers" (oral leukotriene receptor antagonists and inhaled corticosteroids) to see if "cure" or prevention are possible. Unfortunately, any gains that are obtained while on those medications are lost when stopped. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For persistent asthm: You need a daily anti-inflammatory inhaler if you have persistent asthma. That means that you have airway inflammation (swelling) that needs to be assessed by a bronchospasm evaluation that is done as a diagnostic procedure by board certified allergists. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2 types: All persons with asthma should have a quick relief inhaler like albuterol to be used when needed for immediate relief. Persons with persistent asthma need a daily controller medication. The most effective daily controller are inhaled steroids. Other medications used as alternative or add-on therapy is montelukast tabs and long-acting bronchodilators. The best inhaler is the one used correctly! ...Read more
Difficult to answer: When you are having an attack the causes may be an allergic reaction, environmental (dust or particles in the air) or cold air. Removing yourself from these immediate areas may be helpful. If your talking about controller inhalers, there really isn't much except to stay clear of those things or places that trigger your attacks. Sorry i can;t offer much along these lines. ...Read more
No: There are different types of inhalers. There are short acting inhalers to provide quick relief such as albuterol. There are also maintenance inhalers to help reduce inflammation (inhaled steroids), along with combination inhalers that include inhaled steroids with long-acting bronchodilators. ...Read more
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