Signs that your asthma is getting worse include having symptoms at night, a drop in your peak flow and the need to use your rescue medicine more often. Talk to your doctor if you think that your asthma is getting worse.
Some asthma medicines are taken with a metered-dose inhaler. Your doctor will show you how to use an inhaler. Here are the basic steps:
Remove the cap and hold the inhaler upright.
Shake the canister.
Tilt your head back and breathe out.
Put the inhaler 1 to 2 inches away from your mouth. Or, if you’re using a […]
Rescue medicines provide quick relief during an asthma attack by helping the muscles around your airways relax, which allows your airways to open.
Inhaled bronchodilators are rescue medicines (some brand names: Brethine, Proventil, Tornalate, etc.). They can be used on a regular basis or only when they are needed to quickly reduce symptoms.
Controller medicines help reduce the swelling in your airways to prevent asthma attacks.
Controller medicines include inhaled corticosteroids (some brand names: Azmacort, AeroBid, Flovent, etc.), cromolyn (one brand name: Intal) and nedocromil (brand name: Tilade).
Newer medicines, called anti-leukotrienes, are also used to prevent asthma attacks. These include montelukast (brand name: Singulair), zafirlukast (brand name: Accolate) and zileuton […]
Asthma medicines can generally be divided into two groups: medicines to prevent attacks, (controller medicines), and medicines to treat attacks (sometimes called rescue medicines).
Your doctor will talk to you about these medicines and what to do if you have an asthma attack.
A peak flow meter is a hand-held device that measures your peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR), or how fast you can blow air out of your lungs. Measuring your peak flow regularly can help you tell whether your asthma is getting worse.
To use a peak flow meter, you will first need to find out your “personal […]
If pollen and mold cause your symptoms, use your air-conditioner and try to keep the windows of your home and car closed. Change the filter on your heating and cooling system frequently.
To keep mold down, clean and air out bathrooms, kitchens and basements often. Keep the level of humidity under 50%. You can do […]
Treatment of your symptoms involves avoiding things that cause asthma attacks, keeping track of your symptoms and taking medicine.
Asthma is a disease of the lungs. The airways of people with asthma are extra sensitive to the things they’re allergic to (called allergens) and to other irritating things in the air (called irritants).
Asthma symptoms start when allergens or other irritants cause the lining of the airways to swell (become inflamed) and narrow. The […]