Steroids in an oral or intravenous form are used to treat a range of asthma attacks. Their role is to reduce the inflammation of the bronchial tube’s lining, thus reducing the accumulation of mucus and clogging of the airways. The side effects of oral steroids are serious, as discussed in earlier categorys. However, a single treatment regimen of steroids is relatively safe. An intravenous dose of steroids
should be administered for the quick relief treatment of an acute asthma attack.
Theophylline was considered the work horse of asthma therapy until a few years ago. Its benefits have been overshadowed by its significant side effects (racing heartbeat and palpitations) and its interaction with other medications. These side effects are worsened by caffeine (tea, coffee, cola, and chocolate) intake. Use is also cautioned if you have peptic ulcer disease, hyperthyroidism, seizure disorders, high blood pressure, or cardiac arrhythmias. Your blood levels should be regularly monitored if you are taking this medication.
There are no surgical treatments that can control asthma symptoms, but for patients who suffer from both sinus disease that requires surgery and asthma, I have found that these pat
Asthma related to allergies and CAID can be controlled, and often prevented, through avoidance and education. If you can recognize your triggers, as well as your trigger symptoms,
Children usually experience complete remission from asthma more frequently than adults do. Between 30 and 70 percent of children who develop asthma either improve or are totally as
Women with asthma used to be discouraged from becoming pregnant, but advances in medication have made pregnancy extremely possible. Yet like all other aspects of pregnancy, it can
During an acute attack, it is necessary to administer oxygen continuously until the flare-up is completely over. As described earlier, during an asthma flare-up, your oxygen levels
Quick-relief medications relax the muscles around the bronchial tubes so that air can flow freely through them. As noted earlier, these medications are called bronchodilators or be