There is no cure for asthma; however, it can be controlled with prescription medications that may help to prevent or relieve symptoms. People with asthma can learn to identify and avoid “triggers”—substances, environments and activities that initiate asthmatic episodes. Working with your (and your child’s) primary care physician or pulmonary specialist is the best way to manage this chronic condition. Following are some components of asthma treatment and management:
- Identify and minimize asthma triggers
- Use medication as prescribed
- Monitor your asthma to avoid factors that induce or trigger symptoms
- Know what do to when your asthma gets worse
You can prevent some asthma attacks by avoiding those things that cause them.
- Irritants in the air
- Things you are allergic to
- Exercise if this is a trigger.
- Avoid infections
Treatment for asthma:
As of yet, there is no cure for asthma. However, asthma can be controlled with prescription medications that may help to prevent or relieve symptoms, and by learning ways to manage episodes.
Four components of asthma treatment:
The use of objective measures of lung function—spirometry, oximeters, peak flow expiratory flow rate- to access the severity of asthma, and to monitor the course of treatment.
The use of medication therapy designed to reverse and prevent the airway inflammation component of asthma, as well as to treat the narrowing airway.
The use of environmental control measures to avoid or eliminate factors that induce or trigger asthma flare-ups, including the consideration of immunotherapy.
Patient education that includes a partnership among the child, family members, and the child's physician.