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Exercise-Induced Asthma (cont.)

What Are Exercise-Induced Asthma Treatments?

Since exercise-induced asthma is a chronic disease, treatment goes on for a very long time. Some people have to use medication for the rest of their lives. The best way to improve your condition and live your life on your terms is to learn all you can about your asthma and what you can do to make it better.

  • Become a partner with your health-care professional and his or her support staff. Use the resources they can offer information, education, and expertise to help yourself.
  • Follow the treatment recommendations of your health-care professional. Understand your treatment. Know what each drug does and how it is used.
  • Visit your health-care professional as scheduled.
  • Promptly report any changes or worsening of your symptoms.
  • Report any side effects you are having with your medications.

The goals of treatment are as follows:

  • To prevent attacks
  • To carry on with normal activities
  • To maintain normal or near-normal lung function
  • To have as few side effects of medication as possible

Are There Home Remedies for Exercise-Induced Asthma?

Work with your health-care professional to develop an action plan. Follow your treatment plan closely to avoid an asthma attack during and after exercising. If you do have an asthma attack, the action plan will help you control the attack and make the decision about when to seek medical care.

If you should have an asthma attack, move to the next step of your action plan. Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Take only the medications your health-care professional has prescribed for your asthma. Take them as directed.
  • If the medication is not working, do not take more than you have been directed to take. Overusing asthma medications can be dangerous.
  • Do not take cough medicine. These medicines do not help asthma and may cause unwanted side effects.
  • Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), can cause asthma to worsen in certain individuals. These medications should not be taken without the advice of your health-care professional.
  • Do not use nonprescription inhalers. These contain a very short-acting inhaler that may not last long enough to relieve an asthma attack and may cause unwanted side effects.
  • Do not take any nonprescription preparations, herbs, or supplements even if they are completely "natural," without talking to your health-care professional first. Some of these may have unwanted side effects or interfere with your medications.
  • Be prepared to go on to the next step of your action plan if necessary.

If you think your medication is not working, let your health-care professional know immediately.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/20/2017

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