Biologic medications, also known as monoclonal antibodies, are a new class of drugs that target specific immune system pathways that cause inflammation in the airways of the lungs.
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- Smart inhalers: Smart inhalers are digital devices that help children monitor and manage their asthma symptoms more effectively. They work by connecting to a smartphone app that records when the inhaler is used and how much medication is dispensed. This data can be used to help children and their doctors better understand their asthma triggers, track their medication usage, and adjust treatment plans as needed.
Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, can be an effective treatment option for children with asthma triggered by allergies. This treatment involves regular injections of allergens that are causing the allergic reaction, with the aim of reducing the body's immune response to these substances over time.
- Biologic medications: Biologic medications, also known as
monoclonal antibodies, are a new class of drugs that target specific immune system pathways that cause inflammation in the airways of the lungs. These medications can be effective for children with severe asthma who do not respond to traditional treatments such as inhaled corticosteroids. They include omalizumab(Xolair), mepolizumab(Nucala), and reslizumab(Cinqair).
- Bronchial thermoplasty: Bronchial thermoplasty is a new type of
asthma treatmentthat uses a specialized catheter to apply heat to the airways in the lungs, reducing the smooth muscle that constricts the airways. This procedure can help reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks, leading to improved lung function and quality of life for children with severe asthma.
- Virtual reality therapy: Virtual reality therapy is a new and innovative treatment for children with asthma. It involves using virtual reality technology to simulate real-life scenarios that trigger asthma symptoms, such as exercising or exposure to allergens. This treatment can help children learn how to control their breathing and manage their asthma symptoms more effectively in real-life situations.
While asthma can be a challenging condition for children and their families, new and innovative treatments are constantly being developed that can help manage and control symptoms more effectively. By working closely with their healthcare providers, children with asthma can explore a range of treatment options and find the best approach to manage their condition and live healthy and active lives.
(The article is authored by Dr. Manisha Mediratta of Sarvodaya Hospital Sector 8 Faridabad)