Management of uncontrolled asthma

Crockett, Antony
September 2003
Update;9/18/2003, Vol. 67 Issue 6, p357
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Asthma involves inflammation of the airways and reversible symptoms and signs of brondrospasm. The aims of asthma management are to diagnose the disorder, and then to treat, and ideally abolish, all the symptoms. Adequate preventive therapy should restore normal or best-possible lung function, reduce the risks of future symptoms and reduce the need for reliever medication to the minimum. Good asthma control should and can lead to minimum or no disruption to the patient's normal life. The Asthma Control and Expectations study of over 1,000 asthma patients in Great Britain found that over 50% of patients accepted limitations on their lifestyle because of asthma, even though over 40% of those patients reported feeling well most of the time. Most patients with poorly controlled asthma do not have severe asthma, merely undertreated mild or moderate asthma.


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