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Are you one of the many Americans that suffers from asthma? If so, then hopefully you are receiving the proper treatment and medication. Asthma severity and symptoms can vary on a case by case basis, and the nature of your asthma can change, for better or worse, over time. That is why it is important to continually monitor any changes that you might notice in your condition.
Has your inhaler failed to keep asthma attacks at bay recently? This could be a sign that your condition is changing, and as a result, you may need a different or additional form of treatment.
Consult this list of treatment options below to find out what’s available and what symptoms indicate that you might need certain treatments. Treatments included are: inhalers, inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers, long-acting beta agonists, combination inhalers, bronchial thermoplasty, and others. Find a comprehensive list of asthma treatments and drugs at Mayo Clinic.
If your inhaler continues to seem insufficient, and you are interested in any of the treatment options above, consult your doctor immediately. Your physician will be able to help you and/or refer you to a pulmonologist.
There is, of course, a chance that your condition has morphed into something other than asthma. There is a chance that asthma treatments like inhalers or steroids will not suffice, in which case you should ask your physician or healthcare provider about a medical oxygen concentrator. One useful tool for diagnosing your symptoms is this Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Report Card. Fill it out and bring it with you to your next doctor’s appointment.