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How are medications used to treat breathing problems?

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Medications are also important in treating breathing problems. Allergy drugs such as antihistamines and decongestants may make it easier to breathe for some people with allergies. These medications can be delivered orally or through nasal sprays. In addition, inhaled steroids may give relief to some with chronic allergies and sinusitis. These drugs work to reduce inflammation in the airways. Allergy shots are yet another way to reduce sensitivity to allergens and may give relief to some breathing problems. Asthma is treated with inhaled or oral drugs that help open airways and reduce the primary inflammation in the airways. These asthma medications help ease or even prevent airway obstruction and excessive mucus production.

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "What is Hay Fever?" American Lung Association: "Lung Disease." American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What is Allergy Testing?" MedlinePlus: "Pulmonary Function Tests." American Lung Association: "Asthma Facts." American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: "Rhinitis and Sinusitis."





Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "What is Hay Fever?" American Lung Association: "Lung Disease." American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What is Allergy Testing?" MedlinePlus: "Pulmonary Function Tests." American Lung Association: "Asthma Facts." American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: "Rhinitis and Sinusitis."





Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

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