Quick relief medications are used to immediately control acute asthma attacks. Short-acting beta2 agonists are bronchodilators that relax and open constricted airways during an acute attack. They do not reduce inflammation or airway responsiveness. If an asthma attack is severe enough that a hospital visit is required, systemic corticosteroids will be given.
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