Steroid Medicine for Asthma: Myths and Facts
Asthma is more than a day-to-day problem that makes your life difficult. Over time it damages your airways and lungs. That damage can lead to serious health problems. So it's important to keep your asthma under control with medicine.
What are the types of asthma medicine?
Daily controller medicine prevents asthma attacks. It helps stop problems before they happen. It also reduces inflammation in your lungs. These things help you control your asthma. A daily controller medicine isn't used to treat an asthma attack, because it works too slowly.
Quick-relief medicine is for times when you can't prevent symptoms and need to treat them fast. It's not intended as the daily medicine you take to control your asthma.
What are the facts about steroid controller medicine?
One of the best tools for managing asthma is a controller medicine that has a corticosteroid ("steroid"). But some people worry about taking steroid medicines for asthma because of myths they've heard about them.
If you're making a decision about using a steroid inhaler, it helps to know the facts.
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