What Are the Treatment Options for Severe Asthma?

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Severe asthma treatment

If an severe asthma attack does happen, you must start treatment as soon as you notice symptoms. If your symptoms are severe and don’t go away after you follow your asthma action plan and use your medications as directed by your doctor, then call 911 right away and get emergency help. When you get to the hospital, the doctors will make sure that your symptoms are due to asthma, how severe it is, and whether you have any other conditions that could be involved, such as pneumonia. Your treatment in the hospital may include continuous use of an asthma nebulizer, and also supplemental oxygen and steroid medicine to stop the attack. The doctor may also give you a dose of magnesium sulfate, which you’d get by IV, to help the muscles around your airways relax. If medicines don’t help, you may need a mechanical ventilator in an intensive care unit to help you breathe. When the doctors at the hospital decide that you’re well enough to go home, they’ll make sure that you have:
  • Medicines to keep your asthma under control.
  • An asthma action plan that lets you know how to prevent asthma attacks and manage your condition. You should already have one of these, but if you don’t, you will when you leave the hospital.
  • Instructions for follow-up care
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