Treating Asthma

Uncontrolled asthma can limit your life 1 physically, socially, and emotionally. Avoiding your asthma triggers is one way to start to get your asthma under control. But, that doesn’t guarantee complete control. Therefore, the best way to manage and control your asthma is by treating your asthma symptoms. Conventional or prescribed medications are the most common way of treating your asthma symptoms.

Treating Asthma with Medicine

Your healthcare provider prescribes medications that address your asthma symptoms. These medications help reverse your airway swelling, inflammation, and constriction. They also offer you immediate relief from your symptoms.

In an ideal scenario, your asthma will respond to whatever medication your healthcare provider prescribes. However, that doesn’t always happen. In most cases, conventional or prescribed asthma treatments help you control your condition. But some people have a more difficult time managing their asthma symptoms. These people have comorbidities, which can make their asthma harder to treat and manage.

Different Asthma Therapies

Healthcare providers prescribe two groups of medications to treat your asthma symptoms. The first group is called controller medicines. Controller medications help control your asthma and asthma symptoms. You use controller medications daily to establish and maintain the stability of your asthma symptoms. The second is add-on medicines. Unlike your controller medications, you do not have to use your add-on medications daily to treat your asthma symptoms. Add-on medications are used on an as-needed basis to offer immediate relief from your asthma symptoms.

Treating your asthma often involves using a combination of both controller and add-on medications. Your healthcare provider adjusts your medication levels depending on how well or poorly your asthma responds. We also recommend that you maintain consistent communication with your healthcare provider to determine which delivery options work best for treating your asthma.

Using Asthma Therapies

There are many ways for you to use your asthma therapies. However, healthcare providers often prescribe inhaled medications to treat asthma. Inhaled medications, however, are not your only option. Your healthcare provider may prescribe you oral or intravenous medications for asthma treatments. Ultimately, the way you use your asthma therapies will depend on your personal and health needs.

Your asthma should respond to your asthma therapies. However, there may be instances when your asthma can be unresponsive. Seek immediate medical attention if this happens.