Updated 16 September 2014

How does asthma medication work?

Two types of treatment are necessary for effective asthma treatment.


Two types of  treatment (often in the form of inhalers) – those that target chronic airway inflammation and those that relieve acute bronchial spasms  – are necessary for effective asthma treatment.

  • Immunotherapy (Treatment which makes you less sensitive to allergens)

    A new desensitising treatment called sLit (immunotherapy drops placed under the tongue) has reduced asthma in 80% of children. More than 300 children with asthma are currently testing it at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town..

    Be aware, though, there is no homeopathic replacement for inhalers.

Read more:
Asthma Centre
Asthma: breathe easy
What triggers asthma?
Practical advice for asthma sufferers (and their parents)
What happens when you get asthma?
How do you know if your child has asthma?
Asthma danger zones


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Professor Keertan Dheda has received of several prestigious awards including the 2014 Oppenheimer Award, and has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers and holds 3 patents related to new TB diagnostic or infection control technologies. He serves on the editorial board of the journals PLoS One, the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Diseases and Nature Scientific Reports, amongst others.Read his full biography at the University of Cape Town Lung Institute

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