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child is showing signs of asthma, you should seek a professional medical diagnosis immediately. There is never any harm in seeking professional medical advice, as it is always far better to know exactly what the diagnosis is as opposed to guessing.
Once you have consulted your medical professional and have been diagnosed with asthma, it is likely that they will propose an asthma action plan that addresses the many issues involved in controlling your condition.
It is also likely that they will suggest a two stage method for treating your condition using pharmaceutical drugs. In general terms, this involves two different types of drugs, one which helps to control and prevent asthma over the longer term while the other is an emergency, quick relief solution for when an asthma attack strikes.
Over the years, depending upon the effectiveness of the long-term control program and the severity of your condition, it is likely that the specific drugs and treatments that will be recommended will vary according to the severity of your condition. Furthermore, when you go through specific periods in your life when the situation has changed such as pregnancy or the menopause, your medications will need to be modified to reflect these life changes.
Nevertheless, the general approach to controlling asthma with pharmaceutical drugs always remains the same, which is using a longterm drug to control the condition and having an emergency short term back-up to terminate an asthma attack when one occurs.