Does Your Child Have Asthma? How To Control The Condition With Inhaled Medications

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If your child has asthma, then you want to get it under control as soon as possible. Common symptoms of asthma are coughing at night, wheezing when breathing out, trouble breathing and frequent chest colds. It also means having to make frequent trips to the emergency room and your child not being able to live a normal life. Read on to find out how to manage your child's condition with prescription inhalation aerosols.

Try Inhaled Medications

As a parent, you have to work with your pediatrician to come up with a treatment plan. Inhaled medications are administered through prescription inhalation aerosols and contain a variety of drugs. The two types of inhalers are pressurized metered dose and dry powder.

 Metered Dose Inhalers

A metered dose inhaler (MDI) is held in your hand and sprays out a certain amount of medication that comes in aerosol form. It looks similar to a canister inside of a plastic case that comes with an attached mouthpiece. The MDI uses a chemical propellant to thrust the medication out of the inhaler. It works by pressing on the device while inhaling the medication into your lungs. This inhaler is very kid friendly because it is portable and easy to use.

 Dry Powder Inhalers

Certain medications for asthma comes in a dry powder form. A dry powder inhaler sprays medication into your lungs as you inhale it. It only contains medication and no other ingredients.

What Type Of Medication Is In The Inhaler?

The type of medication put in an inhaler for asthma is broken down into two categories. These two categories are intervention and maintenance. Bronchodilators are used at the stage of intervention and they treat acute symptoms. This medication rapidly relaxes your bronchi muscle. The bronchi muscle narrows your airway and blocks air flow.

Anti-inflammatory corticosteroid falls under long-term maintenance. It is mostly used in an outpatient setting. This medication decreases the amount of mucous that your body produces. The mucous blocks your airways. It is a medication that can be taken by mouth or through injection.

Controlling asthma in very young children is essential because they cannot always express their symptoms. Maintaining your child's symptoms with medication addresses the quiet part of asthma, which is the inflammation of the airway. Getting asthma under control means for long term use not as a short-term treatment. This medication has to be taken on a regular basis to stop asthma attacks and symptoms.


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