9 Ways to Fight Asthma and Allergies

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Inhaled corticosteroids

Inhaled corticosteroids are one of the most important therapies for any asthma, including allergic asthma.

"These are the gold standard and they work by basically blocking the inflammation response in the lungs," says Mitchell H. Grayson, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, medicine, microbiology, and molecular genetics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Known as "controller" medications, they take a few days to work—so they aren't for short-term symptom control. (Here are some inhaled corticosteroids drug names and potential side effects.)

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