What is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition that affects the respiratory tract, majorly characterized by narrowing of the airways and airflow obstruction
What are the symptoms of Asthma?
- Tightness of the chest
- Shortness of breath
How is Asthma diagnosed?
Some tests performed include Chest X-RAYS and Spirometry
How is Asthma Treated?
Symptoms of Asthma can be managed with oral medications, inhaled and nebulized medications which includes
- Bronchodilators like Salbutamol, Salmeterol, Ipratropium
- Corticosteroids like prednisolone, fluticasone,
- Antihistamines like Loratadine, Cetirizine
Can Asthma be prevented?
Asthma as a condition cannot generally be prevented but the frequency of attacks and symptoms can be managed by taking appropriate steps including:
- Avoiding allergens like dust, pollen, smoke.
- Avoiding consumption of cold foods.
- Avoid using medications that can trigger asthma which includes aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, atenolol, labetalol.
- Speak with your Doctor or Pharmacist before taking any medication.
- Take your asthma medications as prescribed.
- Speak with your doctor or Pharmacist about medications like montelukast and inhaled oral corticosteroids like Seretide that can be used to prevent attacks.
Please do not take any of the medicines listed here without the advice of your Healthcare Provider.
Learn more about Asthma: emedicine.medscape.com/article/296301-overview