Medicine Chest Pharmacy Harare can give you the advice you need when it comes to how to prevent asthma

Asthma worldwide is on the increase. It is defined as a chronic inflammatory disease usually of allergic origin. Some factors that can precipitate and/or aggravate asthma include smoking, allergens, obesity, diet , pollution, some drugs, weather, stress and infections. The treatment emphasis today is towards prevention. The aim is to reduce the need for relief bronchodilators, such as salbutamol, to less than twice weekly. Asthma should not impact our daily living or activity. This is a very realistic aim and can be achieved by working closely with your doctor and pharmacist. Of course there will be exacerbations which require additional treatment. Uncontrolled asthma can lead to permanent lung damage and control of asthma then becomes increasingly difficult.

The main stay of prevention is the use of inhaled steroids. These drugs are anti-inflammatory They control and prevent the inflammatory process that leads to an asthma attack and breathing difficulties. Inhaled steroids are delivered directly to the lungs where they are needed and therefore have minimal effect on the rest of the body. They are considered extremely safe. Asthma diagnosis in children is often complex. The delivery of inhaled drugs to little ones can also be challenging. However there are various solutions to these problems thankfully. So if you are using your salbutamol inhaler more often than twice a week you should be having a re-assessment of your preventative regime. The condition could be altering your lung structure permanently. Please visit your doctor.

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