Asthma medications and psoriasis link
Asthma is a chronic condition in which a person has inflammation in their airways, which constricts the airways and reduces the amount of air that can be inhaled and exhaled at a time. Asthma can occur in any person, but there is a greater risk for people with a family history of asthma. Symptoms include: shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and tightening of the chest. Asthma can be triggered by allergens such as dust and pollen, and/or non-allergen triggers such as exercise, stress, weather, and some medications.
One medication used to treat asthma is Advair, which contains a combination of two drugs: fluticasone (a steroid) and salmeterol (a bronchodilator). It is available in a powder inhaler and an aerosol canister. It works by relaxing the muscles in the airways to allow air to flow through more easily during breathing. Advair is indicated for the long-term treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and indicated for short-term therapy of asthma. Patients using Advair are advised to rinse their mouth with water after administering the drug, to prevent possible yeast infection due to the immunosuppression brought about by the steroids. Steroid-containing drugs should not be taken for long periods of time for this reason, as well.
For a person with psoriasis and asthma, taking Advair would be permissible. Other medications would have to be supplemented with Advair in order to manage asthma for long-term treatment. Advair does not cause or cure psoriasis. Improper and overuse of Advair may cause weakening of the immune system and allow for infection to occur, which can trigger a flare up of psoriasis.