In AAFA's Asthma Capitals Report , we looked at eight risk factors that can affect asthma rates: poverty, lack of health insurance, poor air quality, pollen counts, long-term control medicine use, quick-relief medicine use, smoking laws and access to specialists.
Both long-term control medicines (sometimes called “controllers”) and quick-relief medicines (sometimes called “rescue inhalers”) may be needed for managing asthma.
Quick-relief medicines help relieve asthma symptoms as they are happening. These medicines act fast to relax tight muscles around your airways. This allows the airways to open up so air can flow through them.
If you use quick-relief medicines more than two days a week, your asthma may not be under control. Talk with your health care provider about your asthma care plan and if you need to make changes.
For inhalers to work well they need to be used correctly. But they can be difficult to use and it can confuse people when their prescriptions change to a different type. More than half of all people who use inhalers don’t do each step correctly. It is important for patients, nurses and doctors to learn proper inhaler technique and review inhaler use at every appointment.