Asthma is a long-term disease that has no cure. In Western medicine, the goal of asthma treatment is to control the disease. The most common type of medicine to control asthma is inhaled corticosteroids, and they can have side effects.
If taken for long periods, these medicines raise your risk for cataracts and osteoporosis. A cataract is the clouding of the lens in your eye and osteoporosis is a disorder that makes your bones weak and more likely to break.