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The main goals in the treatment of asthma are to limit symptoms, increase the quality of life, as well as prevention of long-term damage to the lungs. There are two types of medications used for asthma treatment.
The first type is called “relievers.” This includes bronchodilators, which while improving the feeling and improving breathing at the time of use, do not treat the underlying inflammation, which is causing the symptoms. Thus, when this medication is needed on a regular basis, which means more than two times per week during the daytime or two times at nighttime during the month, this signifies the need for the use of the next group of medications which are called “controllers.”
Controller medications, preventative medications, include a couple of groups of anti-inflammatory medications in the form of pills or inhalers, which actually decrease inflammation in the respiratory tract, thus improving the symptoms.
Asthma can be intermittent or persistent.
--Intermittent asthma is when symptoms occur less than two times per week and two times at nighttime in a month. That form of asthma requires only a bronchodilator.
--Persistent asthma can be mild, moderate or severe.
--Mild persistent asthma is when symptoms occur more than twice a week during the daytime, at nighttime 3-4 times per month, and shortness of breath with activity.
Moderate persistent asthma symptoms occur every day; awaking at night more than once per week, but not every night; needing a rescue inhaler several times a day; having shortness of breath even with regular activities or resting; interfering with being able to have a conversation.
At our office, we treat all forms of asthma, giving patients a thorough examination and emergency action plans to minimize hospital visits, and the need for oral steroids.
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