Asthma & Allergy medication

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Asthma medication and the exact dosage of the same would depend on the patient’s age, symptoms, and the severity of the asthma attack.

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Some facts about asthma and allergy medications Asthma and allergy medications manage the signs and symptoms of asthma, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. The type of asthma medication and the exact dosage of the same would depend on the patient’s age, symptoms, and the severity of the asthma attack. Patients are advised to work in tandem with their doctors to keep a track of the changing signs and symptoms and make the necessary changes in medications.

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Know about the different types of asthma medications Long term asthma medications to control chronic symptoms and manage severe asthma attacks Rescue medications to get short term relief of the various symptoms Medications for asthma attacks induced by allergies

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Long term asthma medications People with asthma need to take long term medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs regularly even when they are not showing any symptoms. These medicines work on the swelling and tightening in the airways and are administered to control moderate to severe asthma and also prevent the nighttime symptoms from occurring.

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Rescue medications or quick relief medications These medicines prevent the worsening of the symptoms and can stop an asthma attack by relaxing the airway muscles. They start working within minutes of being administered and remain effective for the next three to six hours. These medicines can be used to treat exercise induced asthma. However, they should not be used more often than what is being recommended by the doctor .

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Medications for asthma attacks induced by allergies Allergy shots, antihistamines, and decongestants are often administered to patients with allergic asthma to keep the symptoms in check. Allergy shots: A series of injections containing small doses of allergens are pushed once a week for a few months to build up sensitivity to the allergens. Antihistamines and decongestants: These oral and nasal sprays reduce inflammation without any side effects and can be used for a long period of time.

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What can someone do to keep asthma under control? Consult a doctor and carefully track the symptoms and the side effects of the asthma & allergy medication . Write a detailed plan on dealing with long term solutions and also immediate emergencies. Keep taking the prescribed medications even when they are feeling relatively well until otherwise advised by their doctors .

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