Monday, March 21, 2011

What Is The Treatment For Asthma?

What is Asthma?
Asthma is a disease that affects the airways which carry air to and from your lungs.The people who are suffering from this chronic condition are said to be asthmatic.Asthma affects the lives of millions of people across the world. If not properly cared for, asthma may lead to serious problems.
What Causes Asthma?
The exact cause of asthma isn't known.Researchers think that genetic and environmental factors are the main causes of asthma.In asthmatic patients the breathing tubes become narrowed down as cells and chemicals enter the lung tissues inflaming the breathing tubes.Some times they will face difficulty in breathing .
How To Diagonise Asthma?
An asthma diagnosis is very difficult because of these general non-specific symptoms.An asthma diagnosis requires objective measurement of decreased airflow in your lungs that either partially or completely improves spontaneously or with treatment.Lung Function Test is usually used to diagonise asthma.Your doctor will use a test called spirometry (spi-ROM-eh-tre) to check how your lungs are working. This test measures how much air you can breathe in and out. It also measures how fast you can blow air out.
What Is The Treatment For Asthma?
There is no permanent cure for asthma.The medication for asthma can be categorized into long-term control and quick-relief medications.Long-term control medications are taken daily to maintain control of persistent asthma.The quick-relief medications are taken to achieve prompt reversal of an acute asthma attack by relaxing bronchial smooth muscle.Examples of quick relief asthma medicines include Albuterol, Proventil and Ventolin etc.Some of the preventative asthma medicines include Inhaled corticosteroids such as Aerobid, Asmanex, Azmacort and Flovent HFA etc.And the other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory controller asthma medications include Intal and Tilade. 

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