Asthma can be an incredibly serious condition in which airways become so narrow, swollen and filled with mucus that a person can suffer from extreme breathing difficulties and other respiratory issues. Asthma can sometimes be quite minor and other times it can be rather severe. Although asthma cannot be cured, there are a number of ways to treat it. Treat asthma involves controlling it through the use of inhalers, shots or pills. The top new treatments for asthma are ArnuityEllipta, Striverdi Respimat and Xolair Subcutaneous. If you have asthma or think you have asthma, talk to your doctor about any symptoms you may be experiencing. Once diagnosed, a doctor can come up with a treatment plant to help you control your asthma.
Asthma attacks can be triggered by a number of different things. Airborne allergens like pollen, mold spores or dust, or even air pollutants like smoke and smog can cause an attack. In addition certain medications and preservatives can worsen asthma, as well as respiratory infections, stress and strenuous exercise can make the respiratory system more vulnerable to asthma attacks. Being a smoker or being overweight can increase your chances of developing asthma. If you think you have developed asthma, write down symptoms you may be experiencing. Asthma symptoms can range from mild to severe. In mild cases of asthma, people may only experience symptoms occasionally, but often asthma can worsen, producing symptoms more frequently and with greater severity. The most common symptoms of asthma include difficulty breathing, wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest and coughing attacks.
If diagnosed, the most effective asthma treatments are inhaled medications that can either relieve acute asthma symptoms or help to prevent symptoms from flaring up. For people with frequent asthma symptoms, corticosteroids are among the more commonly used treatments. ArnuityEllipta, which recently gained FDA approval, is a powdered corticosteroid that's administered with an inhaler; this can be used to reduce inflammation and widen the airways to aid breathing and reduce the production of mucus. This is one of the best methods for long-term control of mild, moderate or severe asthma. Many corticosteroids like ArnuityEllipta need only be taken once a day. These inhaled corticosteroids can produce side effects like sore throat, coughing, decreased bone thickness and high blood pressure in the eye when taken in higher doses. Corticosteroids can also be taken orally or intravenously, but only for a short period of time due to the severity of side effects.
Beta-agonist can also be incredibly effective in treating asthma, especially when used in combination with corticosteroids. Beta-agonists can either be long-acting or short-acting. Long-acting beta agonists like the new Striverdi Respimat can help relieve asthma symptoms throughout the day by opening the airways of a person with asthma. In cases of mild asthma, the use of beta-agonists may be inadvisable as they can hide the worsening of asthma over time. Short-acting beta-agonists are used for asthma attacks, to ease symptoms as quickly as possible and come in the form of an inhaler.
Another way to fight asthma is through allergy medications including shots and antihistamines. When oral or nasal antihistamines do not work in making sure that asthma is not made worse by the suffering of allergies, allergy shots may be an option. Allergy shots can help reduce a person's immune system reaction to allergens which in turn can worsen asthma. Xolair Subcutaneous is a newly FDA approved shot for allergic asthma. It is particularly useful for individuals suffering from chronic hives.