Information on Asthma

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic, or long-term, disease where branching tubes called airways are often swollen and inflamed which narrows the airways of your lungs.  Asthma causes a variety of symptoms that can worsen at any time, making breathing difficult.  Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma and triggers such as a cold, the weather, or things in the environment (dust smoke, pet dander, etc) can make it much worse.  Even when you are not having symptoms, you may still have inflammation in your lungs. However, by working closely with Allied Clinical Research to obtain treatment for your asthma, you may be able to help get your symptoms under control.

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Asthma Symptoms

If you have asthma, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

Wheezing
A whistling sound heard when breathing in or out.

Coughing
A cough that may not go away and often occurs or worsens at night or early morning.

Chest Tightness
Feeling as if something is squeezing or sitting on your chest.

Shortness of Breath
Feeling as though you can’t catch your breath. You may feel as though you are breathless.
The severity and frequency of asthma symptoms can vary depending on how well controlled your asthma is, your exposure to asthma triggers, and other factors. If you’re not meeting certain asthma goals as determined by your healthcare provider, you may be just coping with, rather than controlling, your symptoms.

Asthma Treatments

inhalersThere are a variety of medicines available to treat asthma. What is important to know is that there is no “best” medicine for all people. Each person’s asthma is different and Allied’s healthcare providers and clinical research team will work with you to set up the best plan for you, based upon your symptoms and your needs.

Here are the types of medicines usually prescribed for asthma:

Bronchodilators
Bronchodilators relax the muscles around the airways (breathing tubes). When the airways are more open, it is easier to breathe. There are two general types of bronchodilators, and you may be prescribed one or more types:

  • Short-Acting bronchodilators work quickly after you take them so that you feel relief from symptoms quickly.
  • Long-Acting bronchodilators have effects that last a long time. They should not be used for quick relief. These medications are only recommended for use when combined with an anti-inflammatory asthma medicine (see below).

Anti-Inflammatories
Anti-Inflammatory medicines help by reducing the swelling and mucus production inside the airways. When that inflammation is reduced, it is easier to breathe. These medicines are also called corticosteroids or steroids. Most often, these are inhaled medications and it is important to rinse out your mouth with water immediately after using them to avoid getting a yeast infection in your throat called thrush.
Some corticosteroids are in pill form and usually are used for short periods of time in special circumstances, such as when your symptoms are getting worse.

Combination Medicines

There are a few medicines that combine inhaled bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids.

By partnering with Allied Clinical Research you will have access to medications that are at the forefront of medicine!

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Asthma Medicine

Asthma medicines do not cure asthma but they can help improve your symptoms. The most important thing is to take your medicine(s) exactly as Allied’s healthcare provider has instructed you to take them. That means, each day, taking the right medicine at the right time and with the proper technique!

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