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Sticking tightly to asthma regimen key to cutting severe attack risk

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A quarter of all severe asthma attacks may be prevented if patients stuck to their medication regime as prescribed, according to a US study.

Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that the risk of a severe asthma attack was only significantly reduced when patients used at least 75% of their prescribed medication dose.

They looked at 298 patients over two years and found a 25% increase in medication adherence was associated with a 11% decrease in severe asthma attacks.

The researchers said it was especially important for patients with uncontrolled asthma to stick to their medication regime to best reduce the chance of a severe asthma attack.

Writing in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, they said: “Patients must use their asthma controller medication as prescribed if they want to have the best chance of preventing serious asthma attacks.”

 

 

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  • This makes a lot of sense to me. My daughter has been suffering from asthma for quite some time and her symptoms certainly decrease when we're on top of her medical regiment. I've found though that the medicine alone isn't enough. She has attacks often from air borne pollutants that we seem to have no control over. One thing we've found that helps is to have the air inside our home cleaned. They say the air inside the home can be bad for us because of lack of circulation and ventilation. What we did was find a company to come clean up and purify the home. We found a company online called Decon Pro Green. Since then she's been able to sleep throughout the night and hasn't had any serious attacks while at home. If only we can do more to manage the air outside as well.

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