Treatments for Asthma
You and your doctor will create an asthma action plan. This is a plan you will follow to help control your asthma and handle asthma attacks. Medications and lifestyle changes are the mainstay of asthma treatment. Alternative and complementary therapies are under investigation to determine whether they may play a role in treatment, as well.
The goals of treatment are:
- Relief of acute symptoms
- Control of airway symptoms
- Reduce underlying inflammation
- Removal of allergy triggers
Treatment involves the following:
At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of asthma.
American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology website. Available at: http://www.acaai.org/ . Accessed July, 2008.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ . Accessed July, 2008.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asthma information for patients and parents. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/asthma.htm . Updated September 15, 2009. Accessed September 18, 2009.
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