Asthma And Oral Health

Asthma And Oral Health

Today is World Asthma Day.

In Australia, about 2 million of the population is affected by this breathing problem. For some it’s a chronic problem: others find they only experience the symptoms of asthma on a situational basis, such as exercising in the cold or after a viral illness.

Some of the medications used to treat asthma can have an adverse effect on the mouth and throat. Some of the potential side effects of inhaled corticosteroids (which are found in some asthma preventers) include oral thrush, development of a husky voice, sore mouth and sore throat. In its publication “Asthma Medications and Devices”, Asthma Australia recommends using a spacer so that more medication is inhaled directly into the lungs rather than landing in the mouth.

You can find this publication and more helpful information on the Asthma Australia website here:

http://asthmaaustralia.org.au/assist/yourasthma/asthma-medications-devices/

And to learn more about World Asthma Day, visit this site:

http://www.ginasthma.org/World-Asthma-Day

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