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Inhaled Asthma Medications

May 16, 2013

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An overview on Asthma

Asthma InhalersAsthma, called medically as reactive airway ailment, is a chronic lung infection that is typified by swelling and narrowing of the airways.  While the affected individual is under the spell of Asthma, the muscles surrounding the portion of airways all of a sudden get constricted due to exposure to specific triggers, such as dust particles, or even dry air.

Also, it can flare up due to allergies, chilly weather and some irritant factors at work place or any other place. Subsequently, the patient tends to produce mucus in higher quantity and gasps for breathing. Due to all these persistent effects, the individual often encounters respiratory problems, wheezing and coughing, chest stiffness.

The disease can have a significant impact on the quality of life of asthmatics and their family members. It requires the patients to take regular medication and make adjustments to their lifestyle.

Diagnostic Tests and Treatment

In reality, there is no treatment for asthma disease but with certain precautions it can be controlled. In case asthma is not treated in a right way, then it can trigger additional complications such as perennial narrowing of the airways. OMICS Publishing Group posted an article which covers Diagnostic Tests and Treatment. Methacholine inhalation tests as well as Exercise challenge tests are the twin methods that are being used in clinical laboratories to assess airway responsiveness.

Although these tests reflect the presence of asthma, still they lack preciseness in determining the seriousness of the patient’s condition. Consequently, misdiagnosis and under diagnosis of asthma continue to be potentially serious medical issues that have adverse effects on the people’s quality of life.

There exist a number of therapeutic methods to treat the symptoms of asthma and inhalers are one such therapeutic option that enlarges the airways. Different inhalers such as Combivent inhaler, Symbicort inhaler, Atrovent inhaler and Seroflo inhaler are used for stopping g bronchospasm in patients.

Metered dose inhalers (MDIs) are yet another type of inhalers that are handy in treating asthma. Through this inhaler, the needed medicine is sent directly to the lungs by way of mixing up medicine and propellents (HFA or hydrofluoroalkane).

Anti-inflammatory medicines: These are perceived to be vital in yielding positive results and these medicines have the capability to reduce swelling and mucus generation in the airways. Anti-inflammatory medicines give encouraging results such as less airway damage, fewer asthma episodes and better airflow.

OMICS Publishing Group posted a recent research concern as “Do certain asthma inhalers increase risk of irregular heartbeat?” In OMICS Group’s Blog page.

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