Inhaled steroids are medicines used to prevent asthma symptoms. It's also an asthma controller medicine, because by taking it regularly every day, it helps to control your child’s symptoms. Your child will take these medicines every day, even if your child is not having symptoms. They do not provide quick relief of wheezing in acute asthma attacks. For acute asthma attacks, your child will need a different type of medicine called a reliever.
Your child's asthma symptoms are caused by two different problems in the airways:
Your child's asthma symptoms often start after exposure to a trigger. Asthma triggers can include pollen, animals, mold, colds, exercise, cold air, and air pollutants. It is important for you and your child to know what things trigger your child's asthma. Help your child avoid the things that trigger his asthma. Your child should keep his reliever medicine with him at all times in case he has an asthma attack.
Inhaled steroids are similar to hormones made by the body. They block some of the chemicals that cause irritation and swelling in the body. By lessening the swelling in the airway, your child will have fewer symptoms and be able to breathe better.
Your child’s medicine can be taken in different ways. For example:
If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Be sure to keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.