How to manage your asthma

In order to treat Asthma effectively, we must understand what "triggers" or initiates the hyper-reactive response for that particular person. In other words, what makes your asthma worse? Examples of triggers include: exercise, cold air, hot air, dust, aerosols, animal dander, extreme emotions, certain foods and more.

The second means of treatment for asthma is through medications. There are two categories of asthma medications: rescue that is used when a response is needed right away during distress and controller that is used regularly over time to control the symptoms and ideally prevent the need for rescue medicine use.

Both the bronchoconstriction and inflammation components of Asthma must be treated. Bronchodilator medicines relax the muscles around the airways to dilate (open up) the air passage and steroids are used to combat inflammation.The best route for response from Asthma medicine is to breathe it in such as in nebulizers and metered dose 'inhalers'.

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFTs) and Peak flow meters are tools that can be used to assess the severity of Asthma and how well the asthmatic is responding to medicines or control. There are also breathing exercises that can be taught to help with to make getting air in and out a little easier.

using an inhaler with asthma

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