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Should steroids be first choice for asthma?
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There is increasing evidence that steroids should be used as early as possible in all patients with asthma, not only to control symptoms1-3 but also to prevent structural damage to the lungs from the effects of chronic inflammation.4 If started early enough there is also a chance of switching off the immune response. This means using steroids as soon as the diagnosis of asthma has been confirmed. Bronchodilators would then be …

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