Inhaled corticosteroids in the treatment of childhood asthma

Written by: Dra. Luzdivina García Morales de los Ríos
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Every child with asthma needs a treatment that provides immediate relief. The inhaled route is the simplest method of administration. Thanks to her, the drugs act directly in the bronchi, passage into the systemic route is virtually no need a much lower dose.

corticosteroid inhaler Steroids have a long-term action and should be administered regularly. Experts in Pediatrics adjust the dose depending on the severity of asthma and spirometry results.

If the patient has a cold, the dose may be increased for greater protection during this period. Treatment by inhalation has a preventive, effective and well tolerated effect.


Inhalation forms

- Metered Aerosol administration should always be performed using holding chambers. These are reservoirs where the drug is retained and only needs to breathe six times to enter the content in the bronchi.

- Based inhalers Dry powder inhalers such are characterized by durable, portable and easy to use. Presentation efficiency is comparable to that of metered aerosols. In addition, their use is widely accepted, especially among teenagers.


Secondary effects

These side effects can be avoided through good dental hygiene mouthwash or taking a drink of water after administration of the drug. The use also decreases aereocámara. They are divided into two areas:

- Local effects: may occur independently of the administered dose. They present with changes in the voice, such as hoarseness, and fungi in the mouth or throat (oral thrush).

- General effects: may occur after several months of use with very high doses of inhaled steroids can cause growth retardation (reversible, the final size will be the same), weight gain, etc.. Before any doubt always turn to your pediatrician.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Luzdivina García Morales de los Ríos

Dr. Garcia Morales de los Rios is a pediatrician expert in respiratory childhood diseases, asthma and allergies. With over 20 years of experience, s and has formed between Venezuela, Paris and Spain. Currently, she d irige its own query that offers: consulting children and adolescents, controlling growth and development, consultation allergy, pulmonology, allergy skin tests, spirometry, vaccines and basic diagnostic procedures. He is also professor at the Faculté de Médecine Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere La Pitie-Salpetriere in Paris and a member of various national and international associations of their specialty.


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