Asthma Treatment Options

Asthma treatment options include avoiding asthma triggers and using asthma medicines

Asthma Treatment OptionsIf you are coughing, wheezing, having trouble breathing, or your chest feels tight, talk to your health professional about treatment options.

Asthma symptoms can be controlled by learning to avoid asthma triggers and by taking medicine.

Asthma treatment includes avoiding asthma triggers and using asthma medicines. If you react to certain triggers, do everything you can to avoid them. This can reduce your need for medicine to control your asthma. Anti-allergy medicine and allergy desensitization shots are sometimes useful for people with allergies.

Asthmatic patients who learn and then practice Vedic Meditation regularly show significant improvements after just a few months. This improvement is measured by physiological indicators, such as lower airway resistance, and by their own personal reports and those of their physicians.

Two kinds of medicines are often used for asthma-those used to relieve acute symptoms and those used on a long-term basis to control asthma.

Fast-acting, inhaled bronchodilators are used to help open up airways to allow air to move more freely.

Anti-inflammatory medicines, such as corticosteroids (steroids), are used every day on a long-term basis to help reduce the swelling of airways. These may be sprays (inhalers) or pills.

If you have mild asthma, you may use only a bronchodilator as needed to relieve your symptoms. If you have more severe asthma, you may need both kinds of medicines. It is important to use your medicines exactly as your doctor tells you.

Many people with moderate or severe asthma use a device called a peak flow meter at home to measure lung function. The peak flow meter can help warn of a possible asthma attack even before you notice symptoms. You can then stop the attack by taking your medicine right away. The meter can also tell you how well you are responding to medicine.

If you have asthma, talk to your health professional about a treatment plan. Your plan may include:

  • Regular checkups
  • Ways to avoid asthma triggers
  • Medicines and how to use them properly
  • How and when to use a peak flow meter
  • What to do in an emergency if your asthma gets very bad

Here are some ways you can help prevent an asthma attack

Remember, everyone is different. Some people have trouble with pollen, others have trouble with tobacco smoke, and others may have trouble with animal dander. Follow the steps that make sense for you.

  • Wash your pet once a week
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not allow smoking in your home
  • Stay indoors with the air conditioner on when the pollen count is high
  • Wash your bedding, clothes, and stuffed toys once a week in hot water
  • Wash your hands often
  • Get a flu shot
  • Wear a scarf over your mouth and nose in the winter
  • Be aware of what makes you have asthma attacks and try to stay away from those triggers
  • Follow your asthma treatment plan

How does asthma affect a pregnant woman?

Can I take my asthma medicine? Asthma may get better, get worse, or stay the same during pregnancy. Most women with asthma have safe and normal pregnancies. But it is important for you to follow your treatment plan and control your asthma when you are pregnant. Uncontrolled asthma seems to be more harmful than taking asthma medicines.

Many asthma medicines are safe for use during pregnancy. Inhaled medicines are generally preferred because they are less likely to be passed on to the baby than oral medicines. However, oral medicines may be needed to control the symptoms. Talk with your doctor to make sure that your medicines are safe to take during pregnancy. Taking your asthma medicine helps make sure that your baby gets enough oxygen.

If you have Asthma, and you need further information and advice go to the Asthma New Zealand website: www.asthma.org.nz

There are many things you can do to manage Asthma and / or just stay healthy:

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