Asthma – Other Treatments

Asthma – Other Treatments 

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Asthma – Other Treatments 

There may be a small number of patients for whom the inhaler and different tablet regimens fail to control the asthma. For these people the healthcare professional may need to consider the use of injections or surgery.

Asthma injections
People with severe asthma may be given injections every few weeks in order to help manage their severe asthma. There are three different types of injections that are prescribed by doctors. These are;

  1. Omalizumab
  2. Mepolizumab
  3. Reslizumab

Because these are specialist treatments only an asthma specialist will be able to gauge whether the individual treatments are suitable for a person with severe asthma.

With respect to side effects these will relate to the use of injections such as a discomfort when the injection is given and a potential for infection

Asthma surgery
Clearly surgery is a relatively invasive process compared to using an inhaler or taking tablets. Therefore your asthma specialist would only consider surgery if it were deemed necessary to treat this severe asthma.
The surgical procedure is called bronchio thermoplasty this involves passing a thin flexible tube down the airway passage into the lungs. The tubing is then heated, and that heat acts on the muscles in the airway passage. The heat works by stopping or reducing the likelihood of future narrowing of airway passages thereby reducing the risk of n asthma attack and asthma symptoms.

Complimentary asthma therapies
There are a number of complimentary asthma therapies that might help manage asthma symptoms. It is important to appreciate that as these are complimentary therapies they have not undergone the robust medical clinical trial process and review that is necessary for medicines. So these complimentary therapies include:

  1. Specific types of breathing exercises such as Papworth and the Buteyko method
  2. Traditional Chinese herbal medicines
  3. The use of acupuncture
  4. Ionising devices that add an electrical charge to the air
  5. Chiropatry
  6. Homeopathic remedies
  7. Dietary supplements

Although these complimentary therapies may be tried by people please bear in mind that the evidence to support their effectiveness is minimal at best compared to the robust checking and rechecking that needs to be carried out for the use of prescription medicines.