Treating Asthma: Preventing Damage to the Airways
Asthma can cause permanent damage to your lungs if not treated early and well. Here's why - and what you can do.
When Living With Asthma, Demand the Best Treatment
If you're suffering from asthma now, understand that you can feel better.
Doctors have treatments that will help.
Of course, many things can get in the way of good treatment. One of them is
the price. Experts agree that the costs of many asthma medications have become
very high in recent years. According to the 2005 Health Costs Survey sponsored
by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health, and
USA Today, 43% of all people with asthma said that, in the past year,
they could not afford their treatment.
If the price is a problem for you, talk honestly with your doctor. See if
you can get some free samples. Ask about assistance programs offered by
pharmaceutical companies or by your state.
Whatever you do, don't put off getting treatment. Delaying might make your
"If you put off treatment with inhaled steroids too long, you could wind
up with irreversible lung disease," says Craig.
So you need to take charge of your health care and fight for the best
treatment you can get. Don't settle for a life restricted by symptoms. Don't
settle for treatment that isn't helping.
"Demand that you get aggressive treatment of your asthma," says
Edelman. "There is no reason for you to be suffering. You have the right to