In this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine , the researchers found that taking a maintenance inhaler twice a day remains the best option — if people will take it. As a reliever medication, the combination inhaler with corticosteroid was better than a short-acting drug alone used to relieve asthma symptoms, O'Byrne said.
Patients have been doing this for years on their own, against medical advice, said Dr. Shawn Aaron. He treats people with asthma and is a professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa. Aaron was not involved in the research.
They even tell me that when they feel well, they'll spend months off the inhaler completely, and they'll start it again when they feel unwell. So in effect, what this trial doing is scientifically testing that approach," Aaron said. That's what this study has shown," Aaron said. The inhaler medications all cost less than a dollar a day for maintenance puffs, O'Byrne said. Very occasional side-effects include hoarseness and oral fungal infection if taken with antibiotics.
Asthma attack rates in the two groups using a corticosteroid were similar, and were lower than the rate with just short-term reliever puffs. He vividly remembers the severity of his own asthma attacks as a child when no treatments existed, saying it drove him to want to minimize the risk for patients.
Last month, the Canadian Institute for Health Information reported that hospitalizations for asthma among children and teens fell over the past 10 years, but it continues to be one of leading reasons for people under the age of 20 to be hospitalized. Health Alternative to daily inhaler use may offer asthma sufferers a new option People are so reluctant to take their inhaler medication for mild asthma on a daily basis that a pharmaceutical company has come up with a different approach.
Social Sharing. He said the reasons include: To take a medication every day, patients have to accept the view that they have a disease that needs to be treated. For some, that's not easy. Many asthma patients are sensitive to these substances and should avoid foods containing such additives.
This may include deli meats and cheeses, hot dogs, bacon, wine, and beer. Individuals who know they are sensitive to sulfites may benefit from supplements of both vitamin B12 and the mineral molybdenum. Both help in the oxidation and metabolism of sulfites and may help decrease an inflammatory reaction to sulfite exposure. In addition, vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to some forms of asthma. Include a balance of aerobic exercise, resistance training, and stretching or yoga in your workout routine.
Try to avoid exercising in cold, dry air, and always warm up with at least 10 minutes of lower-intensity exercise. Stress management techniques including biofeedback and meditation are recommended. Supplement with omega-3s. Fish oil and flaxseed oil, both excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, may help decrease inflammation.
Get plenty of antioxidants through diet or supplements. They decrease free radical activity, which tends to stimulate inflammation. Bromelain, which comes from the stem of pineapple, is an enzyme that when taken without food, has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
Try taking magnesium, which has a bronchodilating effect. Magnesium stores have been shown to be low in individuals with asthma. Also talk to your doctor about herbal medicines commonly used for asthma, including: Ma Huang also known as Ephedra , Coleus Forskholii, Lobelia, Reishi mushroom, and Glycyrriza Licorice. It acts as a bronchodilator to open constricted airways. Coleus Forshkholii contains the active ingredient forskolin, which also acts as a bronchodilator.
It is to be avoided if the individual with asthma is also on anticoagulant medication or on medication for high blood pressure. Lobelia is another powerful but potentially toxic herbal medicine. Lobelia should not be used by individuals with high blood or known heart disease.