July 3, 2018
July 23, 2018
Asthma has no cure but its symptoms can be controlled with an effective asthma management and treatment. This involves taking your medications as directed by the physician and learning to avoid the asthma triggers.
Controller medications are taken daily that include corticosteroids (fluticasone, budesonide, mometasone, ciclesonide, flunisolide, beclomethasone and others).
LABAs are symptom-controllers that are helpful in opening the airways. It should never be recommended as a sole therapy for asthma.
Leukotriene modifiers are the oral medications that particularly includes zafirlukast, zileuton, and montelukast.
Anticholinergics also help in opening the airways and are used as a maintenance therapy for asthma.
Quick relief medicines like inhaled bronchodilator, albuterol, pirbuterol can be used for asthma relief. These acts as a short relief beta agonists. These medicines do not take place of controller medicines.
Leon Lebowitz, RRT
July 23, 2018
Hi eczemaliving (Nav) and thanks for your post and the information in response to our posted question. We appreciate your input and participation here. Wishing you the best, Leon (site moderator)
January 2, 2019
A trigger can be anything — from dust mites to deodorants — that irritates the airways. It can cause the airways to become narrow and inflamed, leading to asthma symptoms. Avoiding triggers can help to control asthma. It is important to remember that everyone’s asthma is different, and therefore their triggers tend to be different as well. However, your doctor will be able to help you in finding what your triggers are, and you can do your best to avoid them.
Dust mites — Mites that thrive in the dust on mattresses, curtains, and soft toys
Cigarette smoke and air pollutants — Irritants in the air, such as smoke, chemical/exhaust fumes, strong odours from room fresheners/deodorants and cleaning products
Pollen — Pollens from grass, trees, and weeds
Pets — Pet hair, feathers, fur, and even saliva
Occupational triggers —Wood & coal dust, chemicals, metal salts, paint airborne dust in mines etc.
Viral and bacterial infections — Common cold and sinusitis
Medication — Certain medicines, e.g. aspirin, some blood pressure drugs
Food — Certain food items such as fizzy drinks, nuts and food colour / additives
Weather — Weather conditions, such as cold air or extremely dry, wet or windy weather.
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December 10, 2020
Management of triggers and the use of preventive treatments is very helpful in the prevention of asthma and exacerbation of related symptoms. Many people need further education in the way medications work in order to improve compliance. I think oftentimes we are given a prescription and then receive the medication but are never really in a full understanding of the disease process or preventing episodes. But knowing your body, diagnosis and your medications can help avoid these expensive visits to the urgent care and er...