Treatment for Allergic Asthma
If you are one of the millions of Americans with allergic asthma, treatments can help you live a full and active life.
These work quickly and are usually the first medicine a doctor will give you for asthma attacks. They work by opening up, or dilating, the airways in your lungs. Everyone who has asthma should have one.
If your doctor thinks you are using a rescue inhaler too often, your asthma may not be under control and you will probably be prescribed an inhaled steroid to take every day. They’re called “controller” medications because they help control your asthma over longer periods of time.
A long-acting bronchodilator is another kind of controller. It works like a rescue inhaler but it’s effects last longer, usually 12 hours.
These are pills that assist in long-term asthma control. They shut down the effects of molecules called leukotrienes, which trigger airway inflammation.
Prednisone is a common steroid used by people whose rescue inhaler doesn’t help enough when they have a severe asthma attack. It is usually taken as a pill and works by lessening the inflammation that causes the serious systems.
Xolair is usually a last-resort medication for people with severe asthma that doesn’t go away and it’s controlled with other treatments. It is given as an injection every two or four weeks at your doctor’s office and prevents cells in your body from starting the inflammation process and makes you less sensitive to your triggers.
Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, is a treatment recommended for some people with mild to moderate asthma. The shots contain small amounts of what you are allergic to. Over time, you body gets used to the allergen and it reacts less to it.
The FDA has also approved three under-the-tongue tablets that can be taken home. These prescription tables are used to treat hay fever and work the same way as shots.