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John Harun Mwau: Other Things That Can Make Asthma Worse

John Harun Mwau: Other Things That Can Make Asthma Worse
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• Sulfites in foods and beverages: Do not drink beer or wine or eat dried fruit, processed potatoes, or shrimp if they cause asthma symptoms.
• Cold air: Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf on cold or windy days.
• Other medicines: Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take. Include cold medicines, aspirin, vitamins and other supplements, and nonselective beta-blockers (including those in eye drops).



Asthma medication can be divided into two categories:
• Quick relief or rescue asthma medication
• Controller asthma medication
Quick-relief asthma medication treats acute asthma symptoms such as:
• Wheezing
• Chest tightness
• Shortness of breath
• Cough
Controller asthma medication, on the other hand, attempts to prevent these same symptoms.
For the most part, all asthma medication is inhaled, although some do come in a liquid form and one is given as an infusion.
If you do not see your medication here, you can check out our drug finder.
• Inhaled Steroids
Inhaled steroids are your most important asthma medication because they are the most potent and effective asthma medication available for the long term control of your asthma. The anti-inflammatory properties of inhaled steroids are responsible for for the significant improvement that is often seem with the use of this asthma medication.
Inhaled steroids prescribe to you may include:
• Aerobid
• Alvesco
• Asmanex
• Azmacort
• Flovent
• Pulmicort
• Qvar
2. Short Acting Beta Agonists (SABA) such as Albuterol
SABAs are a type of drug class commonly used rescue for quick-relief asthma medication. This type of asthma medication is the drug of choice for the acute relief of asthma symptoms and is also used to prevent exercise induced asthma. Because this asthma medication can prevent your asthma symptoms from getting worse, it is important to always keep this

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