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How are steroids and other anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat asthma?

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Anti-inflammatory drugs, particularly inhaled steroids, are the most important treatment for most people with asthma. These lifesaving medications prevent asthma attacks and work by reducing swelling and mucus production in the airways. As a result, the airways are less sensitive and less likely to react to asthma triggers and cause asthma symptoms.

From: Asthma Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: Family Doctor: "Asthma: Learning to Control Your Symptoms." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide.

"  "Asthma G.A.P. in America: General Awareness and Perceptions," a telephone survey conducted with 3,042 adults in 2007. News release, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 29, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: Family Doctor: "Asthma: Learning to Control Your Symptoms." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide.

"  "Asthma G.A.P. in America: General Awareness and Perceptions," a telephone survey conducted with 3,042 adults in 2007. News release, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 29, 2019

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