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When should I use inhaled steroids used for asthma?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: "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.

In brief: "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.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
In brief: All the time...
In order to be effective, inhaled steroids need to be taken regularly for asthma, not just during an exacerbation.
Be sure to rinse out your mouth (and spit) after each use of the inhaled steroids. Follow your doctor's instructions.Inhaled steroids will help to prevent an exacerbation.

In brief: All the time...
In order to be effective, inhaled steroids need to be taken regularly for asthma, not just during an exacerbation.
Be sure to rinse out your mouth (and spit) after each use of the inhaled steroids. Follow your doctor's instructions.Inhaled steroids will help to prevent an exacerbation.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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