Millions of people in the United States have asthma, and each year, the prevalence continues to rise. Understanding and managing asthma are key to maintaining good quality of life and reducing flare-ups, hospitalizations and emergency department visits. The following are some frequently asked questions about asthma.
Rescue medications work very quickly and should be used only as needed for immediate relief of symptoms. Everybody with asthma should have a rescue medication.
Preventative medications are prescribed for persistent forms of asthma. They help get asthma under control and reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms. In order for these medications to work right, they must be taken daily as prescribed, even if no symptoms are present.