Yes, in fact if you are prescribed a preventer inhaler and use it properly this will greatly reduce your chance of an asthma attack. However there are some points to remember:
– The steroids used to treat asthma are corticosteroids – a copy of the steroids produced naturally in your body.
– They are completely different from the anabolic steroids used by bodybuilders and athletes.
– Inhaled steroids go straight down to the airways, so very little is absorbed into the rest of the body.
– Your doctor should prescribe the lowest possible dose.
– Inhalers can be in spray form (aerosol) or dry powder form. If you have an aerosol inhaler, using a spacer device with your inhaler is the best way to take your medicine. A spacer is a large plastic or metal container, with a mouthpiece at one end and a hole for the aerosol inhaler at the other.
– To avoid side effects you should use a spacer device and rinse your mouth after using your inhaler.
– Children’s treatment should be reviewed at least every 6 months.
– All children should use a spacer for their preventer inhaler.
Occasionally, if your asthma symptoms become severe, your doctor may give you a short course of steroid tablets. They work quickly and powerfully to help to calm your inflamed airways. Short courses of tablets, anything from 3-14 days, will not give any long-term side effects. Steroid tablets can lower the body’s resistance to chickenpox, so you should contact your doctor if you are taking steroid tablets and come into contact with chickenpox. Children using steroid tablets should be monitored closely.[clear-line]
These videos about asthma and living with it were made by Asthma UK.
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