Many asthma patients are putting themselves at risk by relieving their symptoms instead of really taking control of their condition, a charity has warned.
Many who believe that their asthma is mild or moderate are not taking necessary precautions to keep their condition in check, according to Allergy UK.
The comments come after a small poll conducted by the charity found that 78% of 464 patients who thought their condition was mild or moderate used up to four reliever inhalers each month.
“They just don’t realise they are putting themselves in danger and could soon find themselves in A&E”
The charity said that in reality patients should not even need to use one a month if their disease is well controlled.
Meanwhile, 15% of patients who described their condition as mild or moderate said they had attended an accident and emergency department in the last year due to their asthma.
In addition, nearly half said they had been prescribed oral steroids in the past year – but Allergy UK said that using this level of medication means the condition is not under control as it should only be used in an emergency or in the most severe asthma cases.
“Asthma is a killer, with three people dying of it every day in the UK,” said Allergy UK’s deputy chief executive Lindsey McManus.
“These shocking survey results reflect what we hear time and time again from the people that call our helpline. People put up with their asthma symptoms and continue to use medication that isn’t treating the inflammation, rather than seeking help to get their asthma under control.
“They just don’t realise they are putting themselves in danger and could soon find themselves in A&E,” she added.