Key Treatment

Pulmonary function testing is the "gold standard" for the diagnosis and management of asthma and should be performed in all patients over 4 years of age (SOR: C).

Minimize the use of short-acting inhaled f>2-agonists for asthma patients (SOR: C).

Short-acting inhaled f>2-agonists should be used less than twice a week for asthma, or step therapy should be increased (SOR: C). Inhaled corticosteroids are the preferred therapy for all patients with persistent asthma (SOR: A).

Asthma exacerbations should be treated with oral corticosteroids (SOR: A).

Nebulized ipratropium can be used for asthma exacerbation in the ED setting but should not be used in the inpatient setting (SOR: A).

Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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