e-Asthma: What Is It?
e-Asthma is a type of moderate-to-severe asthma that can’t be controlled with regular asthma medicine. A new type of injectable medicine (respiratory biologic) has been shown to:
- Reduce Asthma Attacks
- Reduce the Need for Oral Steroids like Prednisone
- Reduce Frequent Rescue Inhaler Use.
Do I Have e-Asthma?
If you have moderate or severe asthma and
1. are not getting control with inhaled corticosteroids;
2. are requiring oral steroid (like Prednisone) for 6 months of the year to stay in control, or;
3. have frequent ER visits and hospitalizations,
You may have e-Asthma.
Diagnosing e-Asthma requires a simple blood test to measure the number of eosinophils in your bloodstream.
This test can be ordered and run at any clinical laboratory near you.
What Happens Next?
After your eosinophil test, the Lab will send me the result, and I’ll call you to discuss what it shows.
If your blood test proves that you have e-Asthma, I’ll recommend starting one of the new medicines.
Want to learn more about e-Asthma? Listen to my podcast about it.
Here are the names of the medications for treating e-Asthma:
The medicines used to treat e-Asthma are unique. They are not inhaled or taken my mouth. Instead, they are injected under the skin of your abdomen using a simple auto-injector and tiny needle. They resemble the injectors some people are prescribed for diabetes treatment. Most of the brands of this medicine are injected once every four weeks. That’s right! Once a month.
All of them require close follow-up to assure that they are working without side effects.
When I start a patient on one of these medications, I meet with them (usually online) weekly for the first month.
Diagnosing and treating e-Asthma is
By design, asthma primary care delivers the kind of follow-up you need for e-Asthma, and a lot more:
- scheduled reassessment
- further testing as needed
- adjustment of medication dosage
- teaching you how to manage your symptoms
- tons of asthma education!
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