11 Medically Confirmed Treatment Options For People Suffering From AsthmaPosted on August 15, 2012 by Barbara Cybart in Asthma Treatments
Asthma is a highly individualized disease with each person reacting to different triggers and presenting with different symptoms ranging from mild to severe. So, the question arises, how to treat asthma, since it is such a variable disease? To accommodate such a fickle disease there are a variety of asthma management options.
Before delving into medication use, there are a few home management options recommended by the Mayo Clinic Staff which are easy to implement and can help manage asthma your symptoms and can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.
1. How to treat asthma? By avoiding triggers.
Try to avoid being exposed to anything which can trigger your asthma symptoms. This is a crucial part of asthma management.
2. How to treat asthma? By using your air conditioner.
Air conditioning reduces the amount of airborne pollen inside your home. Besides that, it also lowers indoor humidity and can reduce your exposure to dust mites. If you don’t have air conditioning, try to keep your windows closed during pollen season.
3. How to treat asthma? By decontaminating your environment.
By replacing certain items in your bedroom you can minimize night time symptoms. For example, pillows, mattresses and box springs should be placed in dust-proof covers. Carpet flooring should be replaced with hardwood or linoleum flooring and curtains and blinds should be washable.
4. How to treat asthma? By maintaining optimal humidity.
Depending on what climate you live in, consult your doctor about using either a dehumidifier or a humidifier.
5. How to treat asthma? By preventing mold spores.
Keep mold spores from developing by cleaning damp areas in and around your house, with a particular focus on the bathroom and kitchen.
6. How to treat asthma? By cleaning regularly.
Regular weekly or bi-weekly cleanings are recommended. If, however you’re likely to stir up dust, wear protective gear or engage someone else to do the cleaning.
7. How to treat asthma? By reducing pet dander.
This point is particularly important for people allergic to dander. These people should avoid pets with fur and feather. Generally, regular bathing and grooming may reduce the amount of dander in your surroundings.
8. How to treat asthma? By covering up.
If your asthma is worsened by cold or dry air, cover your nose and mouth with a face mask if it’s cold out.
9. How to treat asthma? By staying healthy.
Manage your asthma by treating other conditions which can worsen your asthma. Also, take care of your body: exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and eat well.
Although, these methods may help to manage your asthma symptoms, the majority of asthmatics rely on medication to prevent and relieve symptoms.
Asthma medication is classified according to two types: (1) long-term controller medication and (2) reliever medication.
10. How to treat asthma? With long-term controller medication.
Controller medications generally need to be taken consistently in order to control asthma on a day by day basis. A daily regime of controller medication makes having an asthma attack much less likely. The types of long-term controller medications include: inhaled corticosteroids (such as Flonase, Rhinocort and Nasonex), leukotriene modifiers (such as Singulair, Accolate and Zyflo), long-acting beta agonists (such as Serevent, Foradil and Perforomist), combination inhalers (such as Advair Diskus, Symbicort and Dulera), and theophylline (such as Theo-24 and Elixophyllin).
11. How to treat asthma? With reliever medication.
Reliever medications are used according to the discretion of the asthmatic, when needed for short-term symptom relief during an asthma attack. Reliever medication could also be used before exercise, if recommended by a doctor. Types of reliever medication include: short-acting beta agonists (such as Ventolin HFA, Xopenex HFA and Maxair), ipratropium (such as Atrovent), and oral and intravenous corticosteroids (such as prednisone and methylprednisolone).