Medications used for asthma include quick acting/relief medications 
and/or daily maintenance medications.

Albuterol is an inhaled medication commonly used by those with asthma it is considered a “quick acting/relief” medication.  This medication provides instant relief of asthma symptoms by dilating and relaxing the airways in order to increase air flow and oxygenation.  Brand names for Albuterol are ProAir, Proventil, and Ventolin.  

Maintenance medications are for those who experience symptoms more frequently.  These medications maybe inhaled or taken by mouth in addition to the Albuterol.  Examples of maintenance medications may include Flovent, Pulmicort, Asthmanex, and Singulair. Maintenance medications provide control of asthma symptoms on a long term basis this control of symptoms doesn’t mean that the medications can be stopped.  
It is important to note that if a person with asthma is using Albuterol or quick acting inhaler more than 2 times per week, it would be appropriate to introduce a maintenance medication at that time.

Clinicians monitor asthma by performing peak flows or spirometry testing
Peak flow is hand held device that measures the capacity of forced air from the lung fields, your peak flow is calculated based on height and weight, and is noted on the asthma action plan.  Peak flows should be performed at home at least weekly in order to monitor asthma control.  When experiencing asthma symptoms peak flow should be obtained daily.  If changes occur please refer to your asthma action plan
Spirometry is another measurement also used to determine control of symptoms.  Spirometry is computerized test that provides more information with regards to lung field capacity.  It should be performed once yearly in your doctor’s office

      Goals for your child with asthma include 
  • no limits on physical activity
  • no night time awakening with symptoms
  • no missed school
  • no emergency rooms visits
  • few or no side effects from medications
  • preventing symptoms from occurring more than once a month

Helpful Websites
   One local organization is the WNY Asthma Coalition, their website http://www.asthmawny.org, provides a variety of information.  Other web resources that can be helpful with learning and teaching others about asthma include: american academy of pediatrics allergy and asthma network

+  Asthma

Asthma is a disorder that causes inflammation, swelling, and tightening of the airways throughout the lungs.
 Symptoms associated with asthma include wheezing, shortness of breath,  and coughing.  There are a variety of triggers that can provoke asthma symptoms and include allergens, colds, temperature changes, exercise, smoke and other environmental factors. 
Medications used for asthma include quick acting/relief medications and/or daily maintenance medications.  
We are pleased to announce that Tammy Hornberger, LPN has completed the training and passed the exam to become a certified asthma educator.  She is available to help you in any way with asthma concerns.