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Most Asthmatics Don't Have Illness Under Control
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THURSDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- There's a troubling gap between how well asthma patients in the United States think they have the disease under control and how it actually affects their daily lives, according to a survey released Thursday by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
Two-thirds of the survey respondents said they have their asthma symptoms under control, but more than half reported experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and/or phlegm production at least once a week.
"These survey findings illustrate the need for a better standard of control when it comes to managing asthma," Mike Tringale, the AAFA's director of external affairs, said in a prepared statement. "There is a large disconnect between what asthma patients are saying and how they are actually affected by asthma every day, which calls for better education on how to properly control the disease."
The survey, which the AAFA sponsored in collaboration with drug maker AstraZeneca, included more than 4,000 adults aged 18 and older. Among the findings:
"Using a rescue medication regularly is a sign that asthma is not properly controlled, and you may be ailing from the disease unnecessarily," Dr. William E. Berger, of the division of allergy and immunology at the University of California, Irvine, said in a prepared statement. "According to NAEPP (National Asthma Education and Prevention Program) respiratory guidelines, asthma patients should ideally use their rescue inhaler twice a week or less."
The survey also examined a number of specific groups of asthma patients and found:
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, news release, Oct. 25, 2007
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