How Is Asthma Treated? | American Lung Association

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How Is Asthma Treated?

There are several types of medicines available to treat asthma. Research is helping to identify better treatments depending on the different types of asthma.

Each person's asthma is different. You and your healthcare provider will work together to establish the best treatment plan based on your symptoms and needs.

After your healthcare provider diagnoses your asthma, you will be prescribed medicines that help control asthma. By taking the right medicine at the right time, you can:

  • Breathe better
  • Do more of the things you want to do
  • Have fewer asthma symptoms

Many good treatments for asthma are available today. Some asthma medicines work quickly to relax your airways and help you breathe easier, while other treatments reduce the swelling and inflammation in your airways and prevent symptoms. It's important to follow your healthcare provider's advice about your treatment.

Quick-relief Medicine

  • You need to take this medicine if your asthma symptoms get worse.
  • Be sure to start treatment as soon as your symptoms begin.

Long-term Control Medicine

  • You need to take these medicines every day, even when you feel well.

Learn more about the different types of asthma medicines available to treat your asthma and watch the device and demonstration videos available to see how to use your asthma medicine correctly.

Once your doctor has diagnosed you with asthma and given you a clearer understanding of what it means to have asthma, it's time to find out what you can do to better manage the disease.

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