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Although asthma cannot be cured, the good news is that it can be well controlled. Modern drugs and inhalers have enabled people across the world to lead normal, healthy lives. With the right kind of treatment, you too can have a fulfilling life.
In order to control asthma, the first thing you should do is to consult your doctor and understand what to do. For instance, your doctor can advise you about triggers, the things that could bother the airways in your lungs.
Your doctor will prescribe certain medicines to control your asthma but you have to work with him to make your treatment really effective. You must take your medicines exactly as your doctor prescribes to keep your asthma in check. Your doctor can even tell you what to do quickly in an emergency.
Read on to empower yourself with information- what triggers to avoid, the advantages of inhalers over other types of medicines, what to do during an attack and how to keep your asthma well under control.
The advantages of taking medicines through inhalers have been understood by the world not just in our modern age. Over 2000 years ago, in ancient Egypt, Greece and in India, people had realized the benefits of inhaling medicinal herbs and leaves to relieve their breathlessness and asthma. Over the centuries, inhalers developed and now it is much more advanced and effective.
Today asthmatics across the world use inhalers which enable them to go about their normal, daily activities. Asthma inhalers have given people the freedom to lead fulfilling lives, even with asthma.
The world over, asthma inhalers are proven to be better than other forms of treatment like pills or syrups. Why? When you have a problem with your eye, you put drops in your eye. When you have a problem with your skin you rub an ointment or cream on your skin. You don't swallow a tablet or some syrup. You put the medicine exactly where it is needed. The same way, for asthma, you inhale or breathe in the medicine through an inhaler which you place in your mouth.
This is more effective because the inhaled medicine is delivered directly and quickly exactly where it is required, which is the airways in your lungs.
Compare this with tablets and syrups for asthma. As you know they have to be swallowed. But what you may not know is that it takes time for the tablet or syrup to act as it has to pass from the stomach to the blood and finally to the lungs. This is slower and it takes longer for the patient to get relief.
Besides, in the case of tablets or syrups, you need a larger dose because everything does not reach the lungs. This means greater side effects. When you take your medicines with an inhaler, the dosage entering your lungs is up to 40 times less and it never goes to the stomach, so there are minimum side effects. It is important for you to ask yourself this question: "Why should I use medicine that goes to other parts of my body when I just need it for my lungs?"
In most developed countries like the USA and UK, inhalers have replaced tablets and syrups as the primary therapy for asthma. It is an effective and safe way to control asthma.
Clinical studies and research by reputed scientific and medical institutes prove that Inhalers are safe. The side effects, if at all, are mild and can be easily minimized. Keep your doctor informed if you experience the slightest discomfort or any side effect.
Asthma inhalers are also affordable. For just a few rupees every day you get relief. You decrease the chance of an attack and the payment of hospital bills. Studies have even revealed that asthma patients on inhalers have regular attendance at work and in schools and colleges.
The 2 types of medicines that can be taken through Inhalers are called Controllers and Relievers. Read on for more information on the inhaled medicines. And consult your doctor for the best treatment for your asthma.
The world over, inhalation is proven to be an easy, safe and effective way to control asthma and enjoy a quality life. In inhalation, you breathe in the medicine through the mouth, using a small device called an Inhaler. There are different kinds of Inhalers to meet the different needs of asthma patients according to age, convenience or even the degree of asthma in the patient.
The 2 main types of Inhalers are Metered Dose Inhalers (MDIs) and Dry Powder Inhalers (DPIs).
The Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) is also simply called the Spray Inhaler because that is exactly how it works. Some people call it the "pump" because of the pumping action while using this Inhaler.
Many doctors prescribe Dry Powder Inhalers (DPIs) to their patients.
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