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What are the benefits and drawbacks of inhaled steroids for asthma?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of inhaled steroids for asthma?

Few drawbacks: Inhaled corticosteroids (ic) are an amazing gift for persistent asthma patients reducing asthma episodes, hospitalization & deaths & improving lung function & quality of life. High doses are infrequently associated with bone calcium loss & slower growth in kids. Moderate doses are not & work as well as higher doses. Ic reduces the need for oral Prednisone a drug with many more adverse effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


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Im wondering if anyone else has problems swallowing as a result of using inhaled steroids for asthma?

Im wondering if anyone else has problems swallowing as a result of using inhaled steroids for asthma?

See doctor...: You may have a fungal infection of your mouth, throat, esophagus, etc., making it difficult to swallow. This is a common side-effect of steroid inhalers and can be treated, once diagnosed by your doctor. This is why you need to rinse and spit after you use your steroid inhaler. See your doctor! ...Read more

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Do inhaled steroids for asthma cause disorders like fungus in your lungs?

Do inhaled steroids for asthma cause disorders like fungus in your lungs?

No, they treat it: The air we breathe always has fungal spores in it, and these don't usually cause any problems. When they do, a fungus ball can form (rare), we can get a fungal pneumonia (mainly in immune suppressed patients), or we can get an allergic reaction to the fungus. The last is commonest, and is treated with inhaled and systemic steroids + antifungals. The fungus itself and immune disorders cause it. ...Read more

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When should I use inhaled steroids used for asthma?

When should I use inhaled steroids used for asthma?

"rules of 2": If you use a rescue inhaler like albuterol more than twice per week, wake at night with asthma symptoms more than twice per month, or refill albuterol more than twice per year, then you may need inhaled steroids to help control your asthma. A breathing test performed by an allergist or pulmonologist can be helpful in deciding whether inhaled steroids should be used as well. ...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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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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Is it dangerous to inhale asthma medications with steroids inside?

Is it dangerous to  inhale asthma medications with steroids inside?

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;. ...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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Dr. Gregg Albers
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