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Treatments for Asthma

You and your doctor will create an asthma action plan. This is a plan you will follow to help control your asthma and handle asthma attacks. Medications and lifestyle changes are the mainstay of asthma treatment. Alternative and complementary therapies are also under investigation to determine whether they may play a role in treatment, as well.
The goals of treatment are:
  • Relieve acute symptoms and prevent complications, such as infections
  • Reduce underlying inflammation
  • Remove or control triggers
  • Prevent future exacerbations
  • Not to let asthma interfer with your life
Treatment involves the following:
Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatmentsAlternative and complementary treatments
At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of asthma.

References

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology website. Available at: http://www.acaai.org . Accessed July, 2008.

Asthma in adults and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated September 7, 2012. Accessed September 13, 2012.

Asthma exacerbation in adults and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated August 27, 2012. Accessed September 13, 2012.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ . Accessed July, 2008.

Thakkar K, Boatright RO, Gilger MA, El-Serag HB. Gastroesophageal reflux and asthma in children: a systematic review. Pediatrics. 2010;125(4):e925-930.

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