What You Need to Know About Asthma
Are asthma medicines addictive?
No, the medicines used for asthma are not addictive. Be sure to take your medicines as directed and let your doctor know if you are having trouble taking your medicines.
Do asthma medicines lose their effect if they are taken for a long time?
No, your asthma medicine will not become less effective over time. Your doctor may adjust or change your medicines, however, if your asthma symptoms change over time.
Are inhaled steroids dangerous?
The inhaled steroid medicines used to treat asthma are safe and effective. It is important to take your steroid medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The steroids used for asthma are not the same drug as the unsafe steroids some athletes take to build muscle.
Will allergy shots help my asthma?
You will need to have allergy tests first. Allergy shots can help with certain allergies like pollen and grasses. You should also find out what you can do to avoid the things to which you are allergic.
My child has a lot of chest colds with coughing. Could my child have asthma?
Talk to your child's doctor about the colds and coughing. Some children who have a lot of colds with coughing, especially at night, do have asthma and should be treated for it.
Do babies who wheeze when they have a cold ever "outgrow" their asthma?
Many children who had wheezing episodes as babies do not go on to have asthma as they get older. But other children continue to have asthma throughout their childhood. Children with allergies or a family history of asthma are more likely to continue having asthma as they get older.