written by: Jennifer Gonzalez
• edited by: Diana Cooper
• updated: 1/20/2011
A person with asthma becomes very familiar with the use of an inhaler. With so many inhaler medications on the market, many asthma sufferers might ask which asthma inhaler brand is right for them. Knowing the options to chose from will give a person a better handle on their treatment.
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Background Information on Asthma
Asthma is a condition that makes breathing difficult for people of all ages. Asthma causes a person's airways to swell and become narrow; and at times it will cause an extra production of mucus to build up. All of these things make it difficult for a person to get the necessary amount of air to the lungs. For some, this is a minor condition that is easily managed, but for others it proves to be severe and even life threatening.
Everyone with this condition has different things that will trigger an asthma attack. Because of this, many people miss out on doing daily activities that they love, such as sports. It's important for a person with asthma to know and understand what their asthma triggers are so they can avoid them, and prevent further attacks as much as they can. Being active is not the only thing that can cause an asthma attack. For some people an attack might be brought on by allergies. Being around certain allergens such as dust or pet dander will cause the onset of a breathing attack.
Although at this time there is no way to cure asthma, medications such as asthma inhalers will help to keep symptoms under control. Since there are many asthma medications on the market, talk with your doctor about what asthma inhaler brands will best work for your needs.
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Symptoms of Asthma
If you think you are suffering from asthma, your doctor will probably run a few different breathing tests to diagnose you. Although a doctor is the only one who can accurately diagnose a person with asthma, there are some symptoms to look for if you think you might have this condition.
Symptoms of asthma are as follows:
Difficulty sleeping due to coughing, wheezing, or trouble catching your breath
Wheezing while taking breaths - this is very prominent in children with asthma
Tightening of the chest
Pain in the chest
Shortness of breath
Regular symptoms made worse after having a cold or flu
If your asthma starts to worsen, your symptoms may become more severe. If you have any of these symptoms on a regular basis and are not currently being treated for asthma, you should make an appointment with your doctor to talk about possible treatment before you suffer from an actual asthma attack.
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Inhaler Medications for Asthma
There are many different treatment options for people with this condition. Inhalers are usually the top choice for treatment since in serious situations they are fast acting and can bring your breathing back to normal quickly. There are different types of inhalers known as relievers and controllers. Relievers are used to quickly treat your asthma symptoms. If the reliever inhaler does not reduce inflammation on its own, it will need to be combined with a controller inhaler. A few of the top asthma inhaler brands are:
List of reliever inhalers:
List of controller inhalers:
Oxeze, also known as Foradil
Other medications used to treat allergy related asthma:
Inhaler medications, on their own or combined can provide immediate and long term relief from asthma, and can help a person with this condition return to life as normal. However, there are risks and side effects with taking a long term inhaler such as; increased heart rate, anxiety, tremors, headache, restlessness, hyperactive behavior, sore throat, thrush, and in some cases death. Before you begin or stop taking your medications you should speak to your doctor about any concerns or side effects you may be experiencing.