How do you treat asthma?
Mild asthma can sometimes be treated through behavioural and lifestyle changes, such as isolating the triggers for an attack and avoiding them by limiting the amount of dust and fumes in a household or avoiding strenuous exercise, for example.
Most asthma patients will be prescribed medication as their primary form of asthma treatment. These are often dispensed in the form of inhalers which are classified in two categories: 'relievers' and 'preventers', depending on whether they are used to immediately stop the symptoms of an attack or on a daily basis to prevent them from occurring.
After a patient is diagnosed with asthma, a doctor will develop an asthma treatment plan which will often include a preventer inhaler which will contain a steroid to limit the inflammation of the lungs. These should be used every day according to the doctor's recommended dosage and can usually work alongside reliever inhalers.
Relievers are usually beta 2 antagonists, which can be used when the patient feels an attack occurring in order to immediately relieve the symptoms and prevent the attack from becoming too serious.
There are different types of inhaler which can be used to treat asthma and they work in slightly different ways. For example, many asthma medications are provided in inhalers which do not require pressure in order to release the medication, making them a more appropriate asthma treatment for patients who have difficulties with traditional puffers.
Most reliever treatments for asthma, such as Ventolin, are dispensed in puffers, which contain a pressurised liquid form of the medication which is inhaled when the canister is pressed down by the patient. Puffers are also used to dispense the active ingredients in some preventer medications such as Clenil.
Dry powder inhalers
Some patients are prescribed an asthma treatment in the form of dry powder inhalers containing capsules of medication which are released when a lever is turned before use. They don't require pressure during the inhalation and often have a counter to say how many doses are left, making it easier to refill before you run out.
Spacer inhalers are often recommended to patients who tend to develop infections of the mouth or throat after using other types of inhaler. They are also helpful for people who find it difficult to control their breathing adequately when using an inhaler as they dispense the medication more slowly.
Patients who suffer from very severe attacks or are unable to use any type of inhaler are sometimes prescribed asthma treatments in the form of injections or tablets. They often contain similar active ingredients to preventer inhalers and act in the same way to avoid attacks.
Omalizumab, for example, is an injection that is often prescribed to patients with persistent asthma attacks in order to limit their susceptibility to irritants.
Some patients use alternative forms of asthma treatment in conjunction with their prescribed medication. The most effective are usually breathing exercises in order to increase lung capacity and lifestyle changes in order to remove triggers for attacks, for example removing carpets and teddy bears which hold dust and avoiding areas of pollution and smoke.Other options include homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal remedies and dietary changes.
What treatments can I buy online?
At HealthExpress.eu you can safely purchase the following inhalers: Ventolin, Symbicort, Clenil, Flixotide, Qvar, Seretide and Pulmicort.
In order to be prescribed any of these medications you will need to fill in an online consultation which will be reviewed by one of our doctors in order to make sure the treatment is the most effective for you. Once your order has been approved, it will be dispatched from our pharmacy for free next day delivery.