Asthma is a widely found problem around us, with many suffering from this chronic problem. The nature of asthma is such that it makes breathing difficult, causing inflammation of air passages, which results in temporarily narrowing the airways that are known to carry oxygen to the lungs.
Common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. When the problem is at a severe level, it could also cause the patient to have decreased overall activity as well as the inability to talk. This is a disease that affects millions of people all around the world, and each hospital in any part sees many visitors coming in with complaints about it. Asthma’s three significant features include
- Obstruction of the airway
- Airway irritability
Could Asthma be cured completely?
Asthma is such a problem that causes the patient’s regular flow of life obstructed, rendering them in a non-productive state of physical being. The most robust questions patients who have asthma tend to ask is to know if there is a possibility of a permanent solution to the problem. This includes having no troubles with the chronic disease in the future.
The answer is no! It’s not possible for asthma to be cured completely. The best outcome with proper treatment is to manage the disease on a day to day basis, which will bring standard functionality for the individual.
Treatments for Asthma
There are many treatments available that endorse a complete relief from Asthma. We, however, are of the belief that these are false predictions of the outcome of the disease. Research has proven that asthma does not get cured by any means. The best possible result is achieved through the use of controller medicines, which are recommended to be taken every day, in fact, many times a day to control the inflammation and swelling of the airway. The idea behind controller medications is to help the patient with something that causes to reduce the irritation and constriction of the muscles around the airway, which is the root of all problems. These allow patients to control their symptoms of asthma. The controller medicines are designed in a way that after a prolonged period, patients need to take less and less of those with time; however, there is no end to it or no stopping the medication, despite the increased period.
What are the different medicines recommended to asthma patients as controllers?
- Singulair( montelukast)
- Inhaled Corticosteroids
- Long-acting beta agonists with corticosteroids (Foracort, Budamate and Seretide).
- Xolair – Omalizumab (for persistant cases).
These medications, despite providing the much-required relief from Asthma, have their share of side effects which are negligible considering the symptom control and improvement in the quality of life and work absenteeism.
Asthma is a chronic disease, which does not have a permanent cure. However, the methods of treatment that are designed to control the disease could ensure patients lead a healthy, normal life. To do so, they require to take their medications regularly, as per the period prescribed by their pulmonologist. On the other hand, it’s highly relevant and necessary to regularly follow-up with their pulmonology department to ensure the treatment course is right and to understand how the medications might be helping them for asthma. Asthma, when cared for properly will not be a botheration to one’s healthy life, and despite its chronic nature, a patient can live with it by controlling it, and thus maintain their standard functionality that might have been obstructed by the disease.
About the Doctor:
Dr J. Raghunath Reddy, Consulting Pulmonologist at Sunshine Hospitals has been a revered practitioner in the field. His vast experiences in many other sections such as Critical Care & Sleep, Emergency and General Medicine has helped the hospital dealing with some complex cases before. He is trained in interventions like Bronchoscopy, Thoracoscopy, EBUS ( Endobronchial Ultrasound) and Rigid Bronchoscopy. Overall Dr J.Raghunath Reddy offers a wide range of expertise and treatment solutions in Pulmonology.
About Sunshine Hospitals: A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.