Types of Asthma Treatment
Prevention and long-term control is the key to preventing asthma attacks. The first step in treating the asthma is learning to recognize your triggers and taking steps to avoid them. It’s also important to “track” your breathing, or take note of your breathing patterns when your physician has prescribed new medication for you.
Remember, there’s more than one way to provide asthma treatment. For example, if a patient is diagnosed with exercise induced asthma, that particular patient may have a physician’s order not to over exert oneself.
Furthermore, asthma medication is divided into two categories:
Quick Relief Asthma Treatment
Quick-relief asthma medication treats acute asthma symptoms such as, shortness of breath, wheezing and tightness in the chest. Quick-relief or “rescue” asthma treatment medications are used by patients as needed for short-term symptom relief during an asthma attack or before exercise if your doctor recommends it. Types of asthma treatment medications include:
Controller (Long-Term) Asthma Treatment Medication
In most cases, long-term asthma treatment medications need to be taken every day. The most common types of long-term asthma treatments are:
Asthma Treatment for Exercise Induced Asthma
For treatment, exercise induced asthma (EIA) patients are given two puffs from an Albuterol inhaler 15-20 minutes before exercising to prevent difficulty breathing. Certain patients require more than one type of asthma treatment medication to control the EIA from occurring.
The good news is that 16% of the American Olympic team athletes have asthma or EIA, and yet 57% of them have won medals compared to 43% who do not have asthma or EIA. Way to go asthma patients! Good luck to every asthmatic and athlete. Whether you need long-term asthma treatment, short-term asthma treatment, or a combination of both, we’re always happy and willing to assist you in controlling your asthma symptoms.