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Treatments for Asthma

You and your doctor will create an asthma action plan. This is a plan you will follow to help control your asthma and handle asthma attacks. Medications and lifestyle changes are the mainstay of asthma treatment. Alternative and complementary therapies are also under investigation to determine whether they may play a role in treatment, as well.

The goals of treatment are:

  • Relieve acute symptoms and prevent complications, such as infections
  • Reduce underlying inflammation
  • Remove or control triggers
  • Prevent future exacerbations
  • Not to let asthma interfer with your life

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatmentsAlternative and complementary treatments

At this time, there are no surgical procedures for the treatment of asthma.

Revision Information

  • Asthma in adults and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 11, 2015. Accessed August 14, 2015.

  • Asthma in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 27, 2015. Accessed August 14, 2015.

  • Asthma exacerbation in adults and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 15, 2014. Accessed August 14, 2015.

  • Asthma exacerbation in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 22, 2014. Accessed August 14, 2015.

  • Thakkar K, Boatright RO, Gilger MA, El-Serag HB. Gastroesophageal reflux and asthma in children: a systematic review. Pediatrics. 2010;125(4):e925-930.

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