Can Mild Asthma be Cured by Medication and an Inhaler Pump?
Are you one of the nearly 5 million people in the UK with asthma? Whilst there is no cure for asthma, there is treatment available that can help control your symptoms and help you live a happy, healthy life. The primary treatment for asthma is inhalers, but there are also oral corticosteroid tablets and other treatments for more severe cases. Some asthma medications are aimed at treating sudden symptoms in the short-term while others are taken daily to prevent symptoms.
Salbutamol is the unbranded name for Ventolin, which is an inhaler pump medicine used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Salbutamol/Ventolin helps ease symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. Salbutamol/Ventolin inhalers are considered short-acting beta-agonists. This means that they are used for relief of sudden, acute symptoms. As a reliever medication, you should begin positive effects within 15 minutes and last from four to six hours. These types of inhalers do not prevent symptoms, but do help manage them when they occur.
Clenil inhalers are a type of asthma medication that are used on a regular basis to prevent symptoms of asthma. It is not a fast-acting medication like reliever inhalers so it is not suitable to be used for asthma attacks. Instead, Clenil inhalers must be used every day regardless if symptoms are present or not. However, if you do suffer from a sudden onset of asthma symptoms, Clenil inhalers can be used alongside short-acting beta-agonists like Salbutamol.
In addition to using inhalers, there are also lifestyle changes you can make to help manage asthma.
Identify your triggers and try to avoid allergens and situations that expose you to these triggers
Partake in regular exercise to improve overall health and to make you less susceptible to exercise induced asthma
If you smoke, quit smoking and stay away from second hand smoke
Illnesses can make asthma worse so keep up the hand washing and sanitizing practices you picked up from the coronavirus pandemic to help you avoid flus and colds