What are the prophylactic medications for status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Among the important preventive considerations are home medications, such as anti-inflammatory agents. Corticosteroids are now considered the mainstays of asthma maintenance therapy. Studies indicate that the underuse of anti-inflammatory agents is related to more severe asthma. This is thought to be due to airway remodeling and the persistence of inflammatory changes.

Identify specific patients who are at risk for asthma exacerbation, such as younger children and adults older than 60 years. Bronchodilators are recommended for acute exacerbations. Environmental management is also necessary in children with environmental allergies.


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