The quick onset of an asthma attack can be a stressful and frightening experience. Because of this, it is important to know the different types of asthma medications: control medications and rescue medications.
Control medications are usually steroids that prevent inflammation of the airways. They are typically taken once or twice a day, and they do not offer quick relief, but they are important in stopping asthma attacks before they happen. Rescue medications are used to quickly open the airways during an asthma attack and they target the muscles that line the airway tubes. They are most effective when used at the first onset of an asthma attack. In this video, Dr. Preeti Parikh further explains what separates the two and shares the best treatments for asthma.