Asthma Steroids: Are They Really Needed?

Asthma steroids are widely used as a general treatment for severe asthma attacks and can have many side effects. Mild side effects can range from headaches, hyperactivity, weight gain, or a stomachache. However, it is important to note that long-term use of any type of steroid may eventually lead serious side effects. Reported side effects from steroid use include high blood pressure, glaucoma, and susceptibility to infections.

Steroids used for severe asthma attacks are prescribed as a short “burst” of five days or as much as months at a time in pill form to be taken in addition to inhaled steroids. As a result, an asthma sufferer can take in too much steroids, therefore overwhelming the body and creating side effects, such as the ones names above.

Are They Really Needed At Home?

Once an asthma attack becomes severe, steroids can be effective at providing immediate short-term relief but at a potential long-term cost to the body. We will focus on an alternative method, which has been shown to be effective at preventing asthma attacks from becoming severe while at home.

Preventing Asthma Triggers Is the Key

An allergic reaction to potential triggers found in the home is the primary factor to a mild asthma attack becoming severe. Therefore, the key to preventing severe asthma attacks is how you manage controlling the potential triggers found in the home environment. The primary airborne trigger, which can cause severe asthma attacks in the home, is known as a “pollutant particle.” Common pollutant particles are household dust, dust mites, cat dander, dog dander, insect parts, pesticide dust, and pollen.

Asthma Prevention Technology

There may be thousands of pollutant particles in the typical indoor environment, which can lead to allergic reactions in an asthma sufferer. The High Efficient Particulate Air (HEPA) certified filter is the only effective technology to control these particle triggers. A true HEPA vacuum combined with a HEPA air purifier will greatly reduce indoor pollutant particles in the home environment.
The good news is that a home can be made a haven for all asthma sufferers by utilizing the proper technology described above combined with proper knowledge. In today’s world of technological advances, it is possible to reduce the need of steroid medications while at home.

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Article by Stan K. Hall

The Author of this article, Stan K. Hall, (The Sick House Doctor) is a recognized expert in Indoor Air Quality and has performed over 400 sick house investigations in the past 25 years. Mr. Hall has been recommended by doctors, nutritionists and other health professionals for his expertise in diagnosing sick house symptoms, also known as “sick house syndrome.” Throughout the years, he has formulated a scientific occupant questionnaire and protocol for diagnosing sick houses. His diagnosing methods can identify many environmental and safety deficiencies without the need for timely or expensive laboratory testing. His exclusive methods have helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven for themselves and family members.

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