General Guidelines for Treatment of Asthma

Updated at: Oct 03, 2012
General Guidelines for Treatment of Asthma

Asthma Treatment - Asthma attack can be unpredictable and severe and one must be aware of some general guidelines in case such an emergency arises.

Aditi Dasgupta
AsthmaWritten by: Aditi DasguptaPublished at: Jan 25, 2012

General Guidelines for Treatment of Asthma

An asthma attack is unpredictable and intense if it happens unexpectedly. There has been an in depth research on diagnosing and treating asthma attack globally. Considering that the intensity and level of asthma differs from person to person, here are a few guidelines for the treatment of asthma that can come in handy in case of an emergency:

  • In case of asthma, one must realise that its attacks can be prevented and not fully cured. Ways such as diagnosing the trigger-factors beforehand and taking preventive measures to reduce the attacks should help. For example, if you are allergic to dust or cigarette smoke, avoid travelling through such places or carry a mask at all times.
  • Taking your asthma medication on a regular basis and keeping a track of your breathing patterns can often prove helpful. For example, some patients complain of a heavier breathing pattern at night or during some festivals such as diwali etc. Furthermore, a popular inhaler called albuterol is widely used by asthma patients for instant relief. Most asthma attacks are accompanied by chest pains as well. Look out for your symptom!
  • A general course of treatment would involve a number of factors such as your physical fitness, age and the initial symptoms you faced. Therefore, the treatment is different for different people and the inflammation in your airway will therefore be diagnosed and treated at an individual level. A general visit to the doctor is a must to analyse the same. This is an unstable disease and the force of each attack remains a mystery to the individual until the next attack. Therefore, you must team up with your doctor to explore the best possible options for you. If you feel that there are no significant changes, your asthma diagnosis should be reassessed from scratch!
  • Asthma attacks can choke you and limit the breathing patterns faster than you can imagine. Therefore, do not take your medications lightly. If you are a chronic asthma patient, your medications should be given due priority. Mentioned below are a few general courses of enduring medical treatment that patients are prescribed:
  1. Leukotriene modifiers.
  2. Inhaled corticosteroids.
  3. Combination inhalers.
  4. Theophylline.
  5. LABAs (Long-lasting beta agonists).
  6. Short-acting beta agonists.
  7. Allergy shots.
  8. Atrovent.
  9. Oral and intravenous corticosteroids.
  • The general guideline for treatment of allergy induced asthma includes Omalizumab or Xolair, immunotherapy and several allergy medications that include nasal sprays and decongestants, but one should not be dependent on these modes of treatment as they provide only a temporary respite to the lungs and suppress it momentarily. These are good for flare-ups at odd places and times, but would not help in the long run. If you have started using it frequently, keep a track of how many puffs you have been taking in a week and whether you see any change in the colour of your phlegm or not. Take that report to the doctor for further analysis.[Read: Treatment of Acute Asthma Attack]
  • One can also opt for several acupuncture sittings to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. It actually helps!

By keeping these small tips in mind you can actually keep the lungs running smoothly for as long as possible. You can certainly minimize your attacks and prevent them from frequent recurrence!


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