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How To Help Asthma Without Inhaler
Several options: In general the treatment for asthma includes: avoidance of triggers, medications and allergy vaccine therapy. The medications used can include pills and inhalers. The specific medications that may be used will depend upon one's individual asthma severity and response to treatment program. ...Read more
Treatment : Hyperinflation in asthma can occur as a result of air trapping when lungs do not empty out adequately during exhalation. This is secondary to airflow obstruction. Treatment of asthma with beta agonist ( such as albuterol or salmeterol) should resolve hyperinflation as these medicines decrease airflow obstruction. Inhaled steroid (also used for treatment of ashtma) help reduce inflammation. ...Read more
No cure only control: When you have true asthma it is always with you.You avoid your triggers & treat with meds and you "manage" to stay relatively healthy.Four decades ago they managed asthma with pills & adrenalin shots. The pills were a cousin of caffeine that had significant side effects (including seizures )but worked. You are lucky to live at a time when inhalers can treat the problem at the site, in the lungs. ...Read more
Asthma therapy...: The treatment of asthma consists of decreasing airway inflammation and controlling bronchospasm. There are various medications, some inhaled and others systemic, to accomplish this. Exacerbations are reduced when prescribed medications are taken and smoking is avoided. Exercise under your doctor's supervision. ...Read more
Steroid inhaler.: If talking about asthma, steroids used once or twice daily are better for prevention of wheezing. Beta-agonists (proventil) open up airways acutely, and we call them rxcue inhalers. They should not be the only means used. If you have copd, the situation is more serious, and combinations of inhaled steroids with anti-cholinergic medication may be indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not a good idea: Three decades ago pills containing theophylline were a common treatment. They are cousins to caffeine,were slow to work, had many side effects, seldom gained good control & required periodic blood tests for effective use.Today's inhalers take advantage of technical progress to deliver meds directly where needed, not every cell of the body. Asthma still kills patients every year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inhaled steroids: There are a few medications to treat asthma, but the mainstay are inhaled corticosteroids. While they are steroids, they have a very localized effect and are very safe. If they are not effective alone at preventing asthma, we have a number of other medications we can use. ...Read more
Depends: In general inhaled steroids are started when a child is experiencing frequent night cough (> 2/mo), frequent asthma symptoms/inhaler use (>2/wk), limited activities, frequent severe attacks (<6wks apart). You can also use steroid inhalers instead of Pulmicort or use singulair (montelukast) pills/granules instead of a steroid. The age of the child also plays a role. It's different for a 2mo old vs 14 yr old. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms...: Symptoms of beta-agonist overdose include a rapid heart rate which can lead to arrhythmias that can be life-threatening. Other symptoms include tremors, anxiety, etc. None of these symptoms are comfortable so take all medicine, including inhalers, as prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Opens breathing tube: Inhaled medications (bronchodialtors) like albuterol, help relax the muscular spasm around the bronchi or breathing tubes. This form of rescue medication can provide rapid relief or prevention of symptoms. Other medications like steroids or steroid/bronchodilator combinations also come in metered dose inhaler form. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many Problems: COPD and Asthma are certainly the most common causes of a need for an inhaler, but there are other causes as well. Some might be exercise induced bronchospasm, acute illness like bronchitis or asthma (if it helps with symptoms), Chronic Bronchitis, Chronic Cough, or Chronic Eosinophilic Bronchitis. Sometimes inhalers are used at the doctor's discretion. ...Read more
Choose parents well: There are many components to the asthma experience & by far the most important is genetic. Those born into families where one or both parents have or had asthma have a higher lifetime risk. There is an interaction with eczema, allergies &asthma within families. You can reduce the impact by avoiding smoking or exposure to fumes, etc.But this comes out if your born susceptible, when the time comes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2puffs : An attack is usually cleared with 2 puffs of a short acting bronchodilator (such as albuterol). It is best to wait at least 1 minute between puffs. If you need the rescue inhaler frequently, you will need mediacal attention. If you need to use a short acting bronchodilator other than before exercise more than twice a week, you would need a preventative medication such as an inhaled steroid. ...Read more
Mild persistent: If a person with asthma uses their albuterol to treat symptoms more than twice per week or has night-time asthma more than twice per month, then their asthma is poorly controlled and they need a controller medication. Albuterol is a "rescue" medication and only temporarily reverses symptoms without treating the underlying problem. Pulmicort is a controller medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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