Understanding the Different Treatments for Asthma

If you have asthma, you’re not alone. Nearly 10% of children and 8% of adults in the United States have asthma. The good news is that treatment options for asthma have evolved, which means you can get a treatment based on your specific needs.  

At Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine in Algonquin, Illinois, our pulmonary specialists offer effective, personalized treatments that can help you manage your asthma and improve your quality of life. Take a moment to learn about asthma and your treatment options.   

Asthma 101

Asthma is a breathing disorder that causes your airways to swell and become inflamed. This can make it harder for an adequate amount of air to get in and out of your lungs. 

There are different types of asthma, and asthma can begin in childhood or adulthood. Some types of asthma include:

The symptoms for these types of asthma normally have similar symptoms. However, the severity may differ. An evaluation by a pulmonary specialist is the best way to determine the type of asthma you have and the treatment options that will help you. 

Treatment options for asthma

Our providers at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine generally recommend treatment options based on the serenity of the condition. Here’s a closer look at the four most common treatment options: 

Xolair injections 

Xolair® injections specifically treat allergic asthma. This FDA-approved biologic drug targets the underlying cause of allergic asthma and requires an injection every 2-4 weeks. Studies show that Xolair can decrease the number of allergic asthma attacks in patients with moderate-to-severe asthma.   

Inhalers

There are several types of inhalers, but all are portable medical devices that deliver special medications to your lungs. Your provider at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine is specially trained to find the right medication and type of inhaler to suit your needs. 

Nebulizers

A nebulizer quickly administers liquid bronchodilator medication to your lungs to help open your airways and ease the inflammation and swelling in your lungs. Your provider will determine which medication and dosage to prescribe for your asthma. Nebulizers are bigger than inhalers, and they usually include a medicine cup, top piece, tubing, mask, and a mouthpiece.   

Injectable steroids

Steroids are anti-inflammatory medications that can help calm inflamed, swollen airways. This type of treatment reduces your immune response and works to slow seriously worsening asthma or serve attacks. 

The right treatment option for you will depend on many factors. The team at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine will conduct a comprehensive pulmonary function test and physical exam to determine your unique needs. 

To learn more about your treatments options for asthma, book an appointment online or over the phone with Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine today.

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