Asthma

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Treatments

The goals with asthma treatment are to:

  • Prevent or minimize the number of asthma attacks
  • Resolve asthma attacks quickly and reduce A&E visits and hospitalisations
  • Achieve and maintain good asthma control
  • Minimize and slow the progression of lung damage
  • Identify, treat, and resolve where possible, conditions that make asthma worse, complications associated with asthma or side effects from medication
  • Educate patients about their condition and their treatment
  • Encourage an active normal lifestyle

Prevention of asthma attacks is achieved through a combination of avoiding substances that trigger episodes, having good asthma control, and recognizing and addressing the early signs of an impending attack. For more on this, visit the Asthma UK website.

Asthma treatment is tailored to the individual and depends upon the severity. Both long-term and short-term controls must be addressed. Even people with mild asthma may occasionally have severe asthma attacks.

Patients should work with their doctor to learn about their or their child’s asthma. Doctors can help patients keep a close eye on their asthma and ensure they get the best medicine to treat their asthma over time. They should develop a treatment plan that guides their day-to-day asthma control, guides their actions when an asthma attack occurs, and helps them determine when they should seek medical attention. Doctors will take into account the entire clinical picture and all of the drugs that they are taking when determining the best course of treatment.

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