Corticosteroids for acute severe asthma in hospitalised patients

Nasal irrigation with saline may be used to soften viscous secretions and improve mucociliary clearance. The mechanical cleansing of the nasal cavity with saline has been shown to benefit patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and frequent sinusitis. 20 , 21 Evidence supporting the use of nasal saline irrigation for acute upper respiratory tract infections is less conclusive. A Cochrane review found three small trials showing limited benefit for symptom relief with nasal saline irrigation in adults. 22 Nevertheless, nasal irrigation is a safe and inexpensive treatment option for patients seeking symptom relief. 1 , 23

  • Prevent asthma symptoms from occurring
  • Can reduce and/or prevent:
    • Inflammation and scarring in the airways
    • Tightening of the muscle bands around the airways (bronchospasm)
  • Do not show immediate results, but work slowly over time
  • Should be taken daily, even when you are not having symptoms
  • Should NOT be used to relieve immediate asthma symptoms.

Back to top A Note about Long-Term Controller Medicines in Children According to the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program at the National Institutes of Health, long-term controller medicines should be considered when infants or young children have had three or more episodes of wheezing in the previous 12 months and who are at an increased risk of developing asthma because of their own or their parents' history of allergic diseases.

They also recommend long-term controller medicines for children who need short-acting bronchodilators (rescue medicines) more than twice a week or have had severe asthma symptoms less than six weeks apart. Without a controller medicine, the underlying inflammation will continue to cause more asthma symptoms.

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Corticosteroids for acute severe asthma in hospitalised patients

corticosteroids for acute severe asthma in hospitalised patients

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