If you have severe asthma, bronchial thermoplasty may be an option. This treatment is being studied in clinical trials. For this treatment, bronchoscopy is used to apply heat to the airways. This may help reduce the thickness of the airways and may help improve the ability to breathe.
If you have asthma symptoms that are triggered by allergens, your doctor may recommend immunotherapy. For this treatment, you get allergy shots or use pills that have a small amount of certain allergens in them. Your body "gets used to" the allergen, so you react less to it over time. This kind of treatment may help prevent or reduce some allergy symptoms.
For some people, allergy shots reduce asthma symptoms and the need for medicines..14 But allergy shots don't work equally well for all allergens. Allergy shots should not be given when asthma is poorly controlled.
- Allergies: Should I Take Allergy Shots?
Complementary medicine is a term used for a wide variety of health care practices that may be used along with standard medical treatment.
Some people have found that mind and body practices such as acupuncture, breathing exercises, and yoga have been helpful for their asthma. But reviewers who have looked at the research say that there isn't enough scientific evidence to say that complementary practices will help people who have asthma.
Talk with your doctor about any complementary health practice that you would like to try or are already using. Your doctor can help you manage your health better if he or she has the whole picture about your health.
For more information on alternative treatments, see the topic Complementary Medicine.