Asthma Hospitalizations Up 50% In A Decade

asthma patientOne of the most common conditions that bring people to a Hospital’s Emergency Departments is Asthma.

In the last decade, the number of people that have received treatment has risen by over fifty percent.

At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology held in Washington recently, it was noted that despite the fact that the disease can be managed very well on the basis of out patient clinics, many asthmatics will turn to emergency services if an episode occurs.

There are guidelines in place for the detection of asthma, which usually occur in children but can sometimes go unnoticed until adulthood. Especially in the elderly, often the asthma symptoms are mistaken for other conditions.

There are a variety of triggers from stress, obesity, cats or cockroaches. Usual signs are wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, however the different allergens also come into play.

The correct treatments vary with each patient and is affected by their responsiveness to the different medications.

The management of Asthma is also part of the guidelines recommended by the American Medical Association. Hospital admissions, for people suffering from asthma as a secondary condition has increased greatly over a five year period.

There is good news, in that mortality rates have reduced and the asthmatics, suffering severe side effects from their medicine has radically declined. William Busse, MD.

Speaking at the meeting reminded people that Asthma is a diverse and complicated disease. It presents in very many ways and responses to treatment are just as numerous.



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