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Doctor insights on: Bad Effects Of Steroid Inhalers For Asthma Patients

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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My Dr prescribe perforomist nebulizer for worsening asthma. Steroid inhaler affects vocal cords. Worried about side effects. Once start can't stop?

My Dr prescribe perforomist nebulizer for worsening asthma. Steroid inhaler affects vocal cords. Worried about side effects. Once start can't stop?

See an asthma: Specialist and an ENT specialist, your doctor is trying to help control your asthma, given that you are reporting vocal cords problems with ICS. Preforomist isn't recommended for long term asthma control ...Read more

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Will usage of an inhaler containing steroids for asthma for 4 months, cause any side effect for a child?

Will usage of an inhaler containing steroids for asthma for 4 months, cause any side effect for a child?

Unlikely: The most common side effect of inhaled steroids, especially over such a short period of time, would be oral thrush. Make sure your child rinses his mouth after using the inhaler to prevent this. ...Read more

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What other options will my doc give me if steroid & rescue inhalers aren't helping asthma?

What other options will my doc give me if steroid & rescue inhalers aren't helping asthma?

Oral meds may help: For asthma that is out of control, the addition of nonsteroidal anitinflammatory med like montelukast may help, or a short course of oral steroids. Some people still respond to theophylline orally. Pulmonary function tests can distinguish between the bronchospasm seen with asthma from the laryngospasm and difficulty inhaling often seen with anxiety or panic. ...Read more

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Why would someone be given an inhaler and steroids for acute bronchitis if they don't have asthma?

Why would someone be given an inhaler and steroids for acute bronchitis if they don't have asthma?

Symptoms: Bronchitis can be from any causes and means inflammation of the bronchial tree. If the symptoms are really bothersome, it may be treated temporarily with anti-asthma drugs to reduce the inflammation. Do note that if you do develop prolonged bronchitis symptoms with each cold, it may well be a manifestation of asthma which is only triggered by an infection particularly a viral one ...Read more

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If I use a steroid inhaler for my asthma, is it dangerous to nurse my baby?

If I use a steroid inhaler for my asthma, is it dangerous to nurse my baby?

No: Using a steroid inhaler is not a reason to stop nursing a healthy baby. The known benefits of breast milk far outweigh any theoretical risks from the medication. You absorb only a small amount of the steroid from your inhaler into your bloodstream. Only a tiny amount of that small amount would make it into breast milk - perhaps not even a detectable amount at all. ...Read more

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I can't avoid some of my asthma triggers, is it safe to use my steroid inhaler?

I can't avoid some of my asthma triggers, is it safe to use my steroid inhaler?

Consider alternative: Few people prescribed steroid inhalers get by without them. When they try they have a poorer quality of life, use other asthma medications excessively & have asthma episodes requiring oral steroids to prevent death or hospitalization. Five days of oral Prednisone is the equivalent of 2-4 years of daily inhaled steroids. Inhaled steroids are safe & effective with minor side-effects. Don't be fooled. ...Read more

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First time ever with oral thrush, I use asthma steroid inhalers clencil modulite. Most likely cause? I recently started using the inhaler.

First time ever with oral thrush, I use asthma steroid inhalers clencil modulite. Most likely cause? I recently started using the inhaler.

Thrush: Steroid inhalers can cause thrush. Try to rinse your mouth and throat after inhaler use may help. See your primary care doctor for treatment of oral thrush if problem persists., . ...Read more

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Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid inhaler?

Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid inhaler?

See below: The steroid inhaler is your controller/maintenance for use daily/routinely. The tablet is also assisting with the control/maintenance aspects of your asthma. Your action plan should advise that the quick relief (albuterol) can be decreased/increased in frequency depending on the severity or improvement of your breathing status. ...Read more

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Which one is better for long term asthma prevention, steroid inhaler or oral controlling tablets?

Which one is better for long term asthma prevention, steroid inhaler or oral controlling tablets?

Steroid? Singulair (montelukast)?: Montelukast (singulair), Accolate & zyflo (zileuton) are nonsteroidal tablets that have limited anti-inflammatory effects when compared to inhaled corticosteroids. For mild persistent asthma both types of controller medications are effective. For more severe asthma inhaled steroids work better. You can take both for added effect. Both types of medications treat but neither prevents asthma. ...Read more

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Not sure what a normal range for spo2 are as I just had my oxygen levels checked and it's 94spo2, it was 98/99 few days ago, also had to change to a long lasting steroid inhaler for asthma?

Not sure what a normal range for spo2 are as I just had my oxygen levels checked and it's 94spo2, it was 98/99 few days ago, also had to change to a long lasting steroid inhaler for asthma?

Can vary: It can vary but it s still in the 90s. If you are having shortness of breath or wheezing the number would be lower also cold fingers can cause a change in the meters ability to detect accurately. ...Read more

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Can steroid asthma inhaler still cause oral thrush when using a spacer?

Can steroid asthma inhaler still cause oral thrush when using a spacer?

Yes: Although a spacer may reduce the deposition of steroid on the throat, it does not eliminate it thus leading to thrush. Try gargling with water or a mouthwash after each use to see if this helps. ...Read more

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I sometimes wheeze like asthma but antihistamines relieve it very effectively. Should I still be taking steroid inhalers?

I sometimes wheeze like asthma but antihistamines relieve it very effectively. Should I still be taking steroid inhalers?

Yes: Please continue using your steroid inhaler as prescribed, that's why your asthma is controlled, as for the antihistamine relieving wheezing, can't find an explanation, however there's no harm using it, keep your follow up with your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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My daughter has an asthma caused by allergy and she is taking singular one per day and steroid inhaler twice per day since 3 months. Is it gd?

My daughter has an asthma caused by allergy and she is taking singular one per day and steroid inhaler twice per day since 3 months. Is it gd?

Yes,: If this treatment regimen is controlling her symptoms and preventing asthma exacerbations. Your pediatrician should be following the asthma guidelines to manage your daughter's asthma. You can look up those guidelines online to get a better understanding of what I'm referring to. Just type in Pediatric Asthma Guidelines in any search engine. ...Read more

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Recently went to ER having asthma attack. Still feel tightness & pain. Off of steroids now but still using inhaler/4 hrs. How much longer till I feel ok?

Recently went to ER having asthma attack. Still feel tightness & pain. Off of steroids now but still using inhaler/4 hrs. How much longer till I feel ok?

See your own doctor.: You should see your own doctor. You should feel better if you finished the steroid course. If you are still needing your inhaler every 4 hours and feeling tightness and pain, you may need a different kind of inhaler or an x-ray, but first you should be re-examined. ...Read more

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Pulmicort vs steroids was not referencing anabolic steroids: other steroids (pills, liquid inhalers) for asthma. Dr told me not as damaging 2 body. T/f?

Pulmicort vs steroids was not referencing anabolic steroids: other steroids (pills, liquid inhalers) for asthma. Dr told me not as damaging 2 body. T/f?

True!: Pulmicort is an inhaled form of corticosteroid designed to reduce inflammation in your lungs that make asthma worse. The reason it has less side effects than the pill form is because the liver is able to break down much of the drug before it can affect the rest of your body. Pulmicort is the asthma drug of choice for pregnant patients and is category b. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath not helped my inhaler or steroids never had asthma doc said acute broncitus but been 8 weeks?

Shortness of breath not helped my inhaler or steroids never had asthma doc said acute broncitus but been 8 weeks?

Be reassessed: It is unusual for you to remain SOB because of asthma after being treated for 8 weeks. You should return to your MD or to an urgent care center to be reviewed for other causes for your SOB. You may require a CXR or further testing. ...Read more

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My daughter had one time an asthma attack, for how many months should she take singulair (montelukast) and steroid inhaler?

My daughter had one time an asthma attack, for how many months should she take singulair (montelukast) and steroid inhaler?

3-6 months: If she is on both singular and a steroid inhaler, it sounds like she has had more than one asthma attack in her lifetime to be put on two preventative medicines. Normally we'd like to see good control for at least 3-6 months before we start weaning preventative drugs. ...Read more

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4 yr old coughing for 7 wks. Diagnosed with asthma. Did 10 day steroid, albuterol evry 4 hrs, 7 day amox & qvar inhaler. Still coughing. Wat now? Answers?

4 yr old coughing for 7 wks. Diagnosed with asthma. Did 10 day steroid, albuterol evry 4 hrs, 7 day amox & qvar inhaler. Still coughing. Wat now? Answers?

See allergist: After 7 weeks, it is time for you to bring the child to an allergy specialist who can help you in finding out the cause for the cough which may well not be asthma given the lack of response to the anti-asthma drugs including oral steroid. I would consider getting a chest x-ray also to rule out aspiration. ...Read more

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Chronic cough for 9 months. Pulmonary testing suggests no asthma. 3 courses steroid and steriod inhaler. No improvement. WBC normal clear chest x-rays?

Chronic cough for 9 months. Pulmonary testing suggests no asthma. 3 courses steroid and steriod inhaler. No improvement. WBC normal clear chest x-rays?

Other causes: 95% of chronic cough is caused by one of the following: asthma, reflux, or allergies.

Allergies cause inflammation in the nose and sinuses, and your airway responds uniformly.

Reflux does not have to actually come up into your mouth or go into the lungs to cause a cough. It can stimulate the nerves that the esophagus share with the diaphragm.

I would investigate the causes other than asthma. ...Read more

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Son takes steroid inhaler and zyrtec (cetirizine) nightly for asthma. Since allergy season started, cough returned & albuterol won't get rid of it. What can I try?

Son takes steroid inhaler and zyrtec (cetirizine) nightly for asthma. Since allergy season started, cough returned & albuterol won't get rid of it. What can I try?

Peak flows: Please use a peak flow meter to help document how your son's asthma gets better or worse. With these data, you can work with his pediatrician to make an asthma action plan, which can help to guide the correct use of different medications. It may be that he needs a burst of oral steroids, but difficult to say without numbers. ...Read more

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Asthma flared with allergies and getting the flu. Kept taking my albuterol daily for over a month. Noticing mucus stuck deep in lungs that I feel rumble but I can't seem to cough out. Would a steroid inhaler help clear this?

Asthma flared with allergies and getting the flu. Kept taking my albuterol daily for over a month. Noticing mucus stuck deep in lungs that I feel rumble but I can't seem to cough out. Would a steroid inhaler help clear this?

Needs a Mucolytic: The best way to mobilize 'stuck' phlegm is to try a mucolytic. WATER actually works pretty well- so I would hydrate, hydrate, hydrate as the first thing... Then, you could try over the counter Guaifenesin which can speed up the heart as a side effect, but should thin things out. What I personally use is HOT CHILI - the spice -if you like spicy foods. A steroid inhaler would help the asthma, yes. ...Read more

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Hi I've got a asthma and at the minute have a cold and sinus pains. My chest is becoming quite wheezy even though I'm taking both steroid and ventolin inhaler. My chest has also started to burn under the breast bone?

Heartburn....: Hello,
Ventolin and corticosteroids are both recommended for acute attack of asthma, it will appear that at this time they are not enough to control the flare of your symptom.
The chest pain may be due to the effect of your oral steroid. It will be important to get a consult to sort through your symptoms and to better arrange your medications to control your flare.
take care! ...Read more

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Shortness of breath that started from sore throat chest xray clear had this for 8 weeks never had asthma. Inhaler doesn't help neither do steroids?

Shortness of breath that started from sore throat chest xray clear had this for 8 weeks never had asthma. Inhaler doesn't help neither do steroids?

You could still: Have pneumonia. If your chest xray was taken several days or weeks back, it may not have detected signs of pneumonia yet. If the treatment you were Rx isn't working you should really go back to your doctor for another complete exam. If you develop worsening chest pain, difficulty/fast breathing, or any other worsening symptoms, you should be seen immediately. ...Read more

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In diabetic patient can take fluticasone inhaler if have asthma?

In diabetic patient can take fluticasone inhaler if have asthma?

Yes: You are concerned about the effect of steroids on your diabetes. Please call your treating physician if you are not sure, because I don't want to mislead you based on a little information. From my understanding, the local steroids administered in using a nasal steroid spray stay mostly in the nasal area, and shouldn't have a major effect on your diabetes. Best bet is to consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am 16 years old. I am a asthma patient. It started in 3 years old. I am using inhaler esiflo 125. When this decease will go from me?

I am 16 years old. I am a asthma patient. It started in 3 years old. I am using inhaler esiflo 125. When this decease will go from me?

Depends on control: Asthma management is determined by the frequency and severity of your symptoms as well as your baseline functioning. If you continue to have frequent asthma attacks on your current medication, or if you are needing to use a rescue inhaler on a regular basis your doctor may not be able to step down your medication. It is not a question of time, but rather how well your asthma is controlled. ...Read more

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