How is Asthma treated?
The aim of asthma treatment is to achieve and maintain symptom control. In the majority of asthma patients, this is achieved by adopting a medication strategy that is agreed between the patient/family and the doctor treating the patient. The treatment is adjusted on an ongoing basis according to the patient’s requirements. If the asthma is not well controlled by the existing treatment, the treatment should be stepped up until the symptoms are controlled. Once the symptoms have been under control for three months, the medication can be stepped back down.
The most common treatments are inhalation steroids for treating the underlying inflammation and bronchodilators for acute symptoms.
Reducing allergens from, for example, mites, cats and dogs in the inhaled air is the first step towards reducing the degree of perennial allergic asthma. In the case of allergic asthma, the immune system’s abnormal reaction to the inhaled allergen is an important contributory factor in both acute and chronic asthma symptoms.
High altitude studies of children who are allergic to mites indicate that if the patient can avoid allergens for a long period of time (allergy avoidance) airway inflammation is reduced, symptoms improve and the sensitivity to allergens is reduced. These studies indicate that a significant reduction in exposure to inhalant allergens can be an effective way of treating allergic asthma.
Effectively reducing exposure to allergens indoors at night is a new and valuable way of reducing the symptoms of asthma for patients who suffer from perennial allergic asthma. However, studies of air purifiers and other ventilation measures have shown no significant effect on patients with perennial allergic asthma, which indicates that the reduction in allergen exposure has not been sufficiently comprehensive to affect the airway inflammation.
If the asthma cannot be controlled, the illness will affect the patient’s quality of life and is sometimes life threatening. Asthma is a widespread disease that is on the increase in many countries, particularly in children.
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