What is asthma?
Asthma is a disease of bronchial inflammation that results in shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, coughing and wheezing, and chest tightness. Approximately 8% of the US population currently suffers from asthma. For some, asthma symptoms present along with physical activity; for others, asthma is closely associated with allergies; for children especially, environmental factors play a big part. Those who have allergic asthma are also more likely to suffer from atopic dermatitis (eczema).
Treatments for Asthma
Current treatments for asthma fall into a few categories. Inhaled short-acting beta agonists (SABAs) such as albuterol are used to relax the airways and provide immediate relief to asthma symptoms. Long-acting beta agonists (LABAs), inhaled corticosteroids, and biologics are used to provide longterm treatment for asthma by preventing symptoms from arising in the first place.
Asthma Clinical Trials
Although there is no cure for asthma, pharmaceutical-companies continue to develop new treatments that aim to increase the quality of life for those suffering from asthma. Participants in clinical trials contribute to the advancement of science and have the opportunity to try promising new treatments before they become available to the general public.