Options When Asthma Doesn't Respond to Treatment


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Though there is no cure for asthma, the goal of treatment is to allow individuals to maintain normal activity levels and reduce exacerbations of symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath. This generally involves the use of one or more long-term control medications and a quick-acting rescue medication. The control medications are used daily to reduce the airway inflammation that can lead to asthma symptoms. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are considered the gold standard of control medication, but other medications, such as long-acting beta agonists (LABA) may be added as needed to achieve better results. In contrast, quick-acting medications, like albuterol, are used to open the airways when symptoms suddenly flare.

If you suffer from severe asthma, however, conventional asthma treatment may not be enough to provide relief. Thankfully, there are some other options to explore.

When asthma doesn't respond to consistent treatment, it's considered severe asthma. Watch this video for more severe asthma facts.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: May 12, 2017

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