Many people on discovering they have asthma often assume they have been given some sort of life sentence when in actual fact most cases of asthma can be controlled very easily. Knowing everything there is to know about your illness if you suffer from asthma enables you to control your disease.
The main treatment when looking at asthma is avoidance of triggers. Asthma triggers are what causes an asthma attack and there are often common denominator triggers.
However many asthma sufferers often find their set of triggers may differ from other asthma sufferers, the trick is to find your own triggers and avoid them as much as you possibly can. Therefore working with your healthcare provider as closely as possible is essential in ensuring you control your asthma triggers as much as possible.
The two main treatments for treating asthma are quick relief drugs which are used whilst having an attack and control drugs which help in preventing attacks. Taking control drugs are essential if you have moderate to severe asthma even if you feel well and healthy.
Many asthmatics make the mistake of discontinuing their control medication when they feel well; the problem with doing this is that attacks may become more frequent and also more intense. If your asthma is fairly mild, you’ll probably be able to get away with just using quick relief drugs if and when you have an attack of asthma.
Commonly used drugs in asthma tend to be inhaled as the medication hits the source of the problem as quickly as possible, this is especially true of drugs such as short acting beta agonists like Ventolin. Other quick relief drugs include Alupent, Maxair and Terbutaline and are also known as bronchodilator.