What Is Asthma and How Is It Treated in the ER? – Natalie Shum, MD – Emergency Medicine

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , /

– So asthma is a pulmonary condition. It’s often called reactive airway disease in the younger patient population
in our pediatric patients. And basically, what that is
is a narrowing of the airways which prevents easy flow of
air in and out of the lungs, and it’s also inflammation of the airways. So the way we treat that
is by giving medications to redilate the airways, open up the lungs so that the breathing is
easier, as well as sometimes giving steroids to calm
down the inflammation.

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