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Understanding the Two Types of Asthma Medicine

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Although asthma is not yet curable, there are two types of asthma treatments that can help with your symptoms and help you live a full life! Allow us to explain long-term controller medicine and quick-relief medicine, and how both can contribute to your health-related safety:

Asthma: Long-Term Control Medicine

Long-term control medicine is prescribed to keep asthma under control and prevent asthma attacks. This medicine is used daily and should be taken even if the person is not showing signs of an upcoming asthma attack.

As the name suggests, it helps to control asthma at a safe level. Long-term control medicine is offered in pill form, and there are many different options. The Langford Allergy team can discuss options with you and answer any questions you have.

Asthma: Quick-Relief Medicine

Quick-relief medicine is distributed through an inhaler, a device that pushes medicine straight to your lungs once activated. If you are having an asthma attack, your lungs are swollen and spastic. This medicine will force your lungs to relax and calm down. Once you use your inhaler, your breathing should return to normal within a few minutes.

Quick-relief medicine is not meant to be used daily. If you’re using your inhaler more than recommended by your allergist, this is a sign that your asthma is not under control and you need to adjust your healthcare. It’s important to understand exactly how and when to use your inhaler for optimal results. If you have any questions about inhaler use or asthma, don’t hesitate to contact the Langford Allergy team.

Langford Allergy: Your Asthma Experts

An asthma diagnosis can be overwhelming, but education and a team of people who are ready to help you control your asthma can be life changing. Our team is ready to guide you on this healthcare journey and give you the very best service available. If you have asthma or suspect an asthma diagnosis is near, give us a call: 478-787-4728.