The first important part of education is to recognize the symptoms of your asthma so that you can avoid those triggers or minimize your exposure to them, which will then lessen or eliminate your asthma attacks. Triggers can be anything from dust, respiratory infections, cold or hot weather, animal fur, hard exercise or any type of allergy. . If you know that your asthma is triggered by dust, for instance; then get somebody in to clean and dust your house and make sure you avoid dust. Minimize it as much as you can, particuly in your bedroom.
Asthma is treated in many different ways and this will include, long-term control medications, inhalers for rescue during an attack., as well as inhaled corticosteroids. There are many things that determine what medications will be right for your asthma symptoms including your age. What is right for you will be dictated by your symptoms and what happens to trigger your personal asthma acctacks. Allso the doctor advising you for your medication will look at you past history to see what has worked for you in and what has not.
As has been said, there are many ways to treat asthma. To open airways during an asthma attack, quick-relief inhalers would be used. These rescue inhalers may well include one of the following medications:
Albuterol, levalbuterol or pirbuterol.
Ipratropium, which is a bronchodilator.
Oral and intravenous corticosteroids, which decrease inflammation in the airway.
In the case of allergens then what will be prescribed, are allergy medications. Inhaled corticosteroids are medications that may well take several days to weeks to reach the full benefit level but have long-term success with low risk of side effects and are safe for patients to use over long periods of time. .
Leukotriene modifiers oral medications which is used help stop asthma symptoms from develloping for up to 24 hours after they are taken. Theophylline; is a pill that can be taken daily, that is proofed to be very helpful in keeping airways open and relaxing the muscles around the airways so as to make breathing easier. Althrough Theophyllinesi not so much in use now adays.
If your symptoms are allergic in nature then it is important to take measure to control them. To help reduce the allergic reaction, immunotherapy, which is an allergy shot, can be used successfully on certain allergens. If allergens are one of your triggers then you will be given a test to find out just what it is that upsets you. When this has bee done, an allergy shot schedule will be worked out for you. This might be once a week for a few months, and then once a month for a period of one to five years. The schedule will vary, depending on how harsh the allergy has been determined to be.
Allergy medications can also be oral or nasal sprays that can contain a combination of antihistamines and decongestants. Nasal sprays are commonly used to control allergy symptoms that contain corticosteroid, cromolyn and ipratropium.
You start of with these treatment first by be diagnosed with asthma and then talking to your doctor about it who will work out for you a management plan for your treatment.This plan will change from time to time mainly because your reaction might well change during the year because of the weather (cold/hot) or pollen. The asthma management plan is a mix of lifestyle change, avoidence of triggers and ongoing medications; patient education concerning asthma, is also important. It is always best that this plan is in writing to much sure of success. You will have to see your doctor often to monitor you condition and reaction to the plain. This is to ensure that you are always in control of your life and not the asthma.