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47% of patients with asthma do not manage your disease

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

47% of patients with asthma not control their disease and 26% did not follow any treatment. These are data from the Spanish Guidelines for Asthma Management (GEMA), in its edition for 2009, which said Dr. Carlos Melero, coordinator of the Asthma Society of Pneumology Madrid (Neumomadrid), to mark the World Day Asthma.

These patients suffer the symptoms “needlessly” because with proper treatment, “95% of cases can have a normal life,” said the doctor. The problem is that patients “are not treated adequately or stop treatment as soon notice a modest improvement,” said Melero. Most asthmatics “abandon the basic treatment and rely only rescue medication when they have crises,” he said in this regard. He therefore recommended to patients with asthma who always follow “doctor’s orders, since according to improve symptoms can make adjustments in medication.”

When stability is not achieved in the control of asthma, “increases the risk of patients suffering from symptoms, sudden crises, hospitalizations, 12 000 patients every day go to the hospital in Europe, or even that they can die,” said the doctor. It is important to be aware if you are experiencing on a regular asthma symptoms as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, coughing or bronchial secretions, and whether the patient has nighttime awakenings due to this cause, a crisis that requires hospitalization, often need to resort to rescue medication or is unable to maintain normal activity levels and misses work, he listed Melero.

The doctor also noted the increased prevalence of this disease in the population of industrialized countries. “Although it is shown that due to pollution, there is evidence that when pollution levels rise, the visits of these patients to the emergency services grow,” he said. Melero said in this sense that the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR) wants to remember “the importance of fighting for clean air as an important element in improving the quality of life of asthmatics.”

Melero said that between 2010 and 2012 will be held on the European Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS III) in Spain. With this third monitoring carried out with the people who participated in the previous study aims to describe the evolution of asthma, rhinitis and sensitization to allergens and identify environmental and genetic determinants.

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Asthma in Children

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Asthma is an inflammatory disease characterized by mucus formation and the muscles surrounding the airways drag themselves into convulsions and obstruct breathing. Contact the care of the child has a stuffed into his chest, heavy breathing and wheezing or prolonged cough.

Asthma has become a common disease in Sweden, today has about eight percent of all schoolchildren asthma. Many children have periods of asthma during childhood which then goes over. It is less than half that develop chronic asthma.

Asthma is a hereditary disease. Today, however, diagnosed asthma in more than can be explained by hereditary factors. Children who have allergies, like pollen, fur or mite allergy also suffer more frequently. Asthma can range from very serious symptom of mild transient symptoms rapidly. Asthma can be triggered by allergic reactions and of various substances that irritate the airways to drifting dust, cigarette smoke and noxious gases, and raw and cold weather, exertion, respiratory infections and more.

Most have a mild to moderate asthma. Severe asthma provides a powerful, sometimes life-threatening asthma attacks that can lead to frequent hospitalizations.

Symptoms

Asthma manifests itself in heavy breathing, wheezing, cough, viscous mucus and the feeling was stopped in his chest. Symptoms may be difficult to distinguish from bronchitis and chronic colds.

Asthma attacks can range from several minutes to several hours, but can sometimes last for several days. Discomfort is usually worse late at night and early morning.

Untreated, inflammation of the bronchial mucosa lead to chronic effects, with prolonged constriction of the airways that results.

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If you are unsure of what to do around the clock, you can ask a nurse via the Internet and get a personal response within two hours by logging in to My Contacts care. Here are answers all who ask.

You can also round the clock to talk to a nurse and get advice, call the Care Guide on the phone 08-320 100th Those who respond can also talk about who is your family doctor.

For advice on the Arabic call 08-528 528 38th

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You should contact an emergency room if your child has:

  • heavy breathing and wheezing in combination with the viscous mucus
  • the feeling was stopped in his chest.

You should consult your health care center if your child has:

  • prolonged cough.

The address and telephone number of a kind reception, go to Find Health Care. You can also contact some receptions and order a time via the Internet. Click on My care contacts.

Investigation and treatment

If your doctor suspects asthma made a thorough investigation of the child. Often also takes into account the child’s environment, for example if they have fur. Sometimes it is also measured lung capacity.

If asthma is due to allergy, it is important to try to remove all allergens from the child’s environment and also provide information on preschool and school if the child’s symptoms.

Pharmaceuticals

In asthma there are many effective medications that are both symptoms and prevention depressant. The symptoms depressant medication dissolves the seizures of bronchial muscles. Preventive medications reduce

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Asthma

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Asthma is a respiratory disease characterized by inflammation of the airways that makes it sometimes becomes difficult to breathe. Most get very mild symptoms and less have a severe form of asthma. The faster your asthma may start processing the less problems you will receive in the future. In the clinic will help you manage your disease and learn to avoid situations that cause trouble.

In recent decades, the prevalence of asthma increased among both children and adults and is now estimated that six to eight percent of the population have asthma. The reasons for this increase is partly unknown, but both genes, environment and lifestyle seen as interfering.

Symptoms

If you have prolonged chest irritation with shortness of breath, wheezing, night cough, viscous mucus and the feeling was stopped in my chest, it may be asthma. Bronchitis or chronic respiratory tract infections can sometimes be confused with asthma.

Some may be difficult when it is cold and damp outside, the second effort, a cold or if exposed to something they are allergic to. Symptoms may occur in different ways with different people and the disease can also vary in severity at different periods of life.

Self-care

Most people with asthma can live a completely normal life without having to experience asthma attacks. At the health center can help you get to know your body and your asthma. You will also learn how you can avoid situations and environments that cause asthma symptoms.

  • By self-measure your lung function with a simple lung function meter (PEF), you can keep some control of your asthma. Big changes generally indicates a worsening of asthma.
  • Find out when to take your medications. Ask your doctor if an individual written treatment plan. The plan should be prescription and dosage of medications and how you can modify your treatment when you get better or worse.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice on preventive medicine.
  • Does smoking cessation, smoking reduces respiratory problems. Smoking cessation aids available without a prescription at the pharmacy. Many medical centers are smoking cessation classes.

Ask for advice

If you have questions, or are unsure how to do this around the clock, you can ask a nurse via the Internet and get a personal response within two hours by logging in to My Contacts care. Here are answers all who ask. Click on the link to the right.

You can also round the clock to talk to a nurse and get advice, call the Care Guide on the phone 08-320 100th Those who respond can also talk about who is your family doctor.

In other languages

  • For advice on the Arabic call 08-528 528 38th
  • For advice on the Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian call 08-528 528 96th

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  • It is always unpleasant to have breathing problems but try to always take it easy and take the reliever medications. Seek medical attention if breathing does not move.
  • The rapidly evolving respiratory problems you should seek immediate emergency medical assistance

If you suspect that you have asthma, you should contact your GP for an asthma study. Turn also to the health center if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • When your asthma medications do not help.
  • Lengthy respiratory infections.
  • If your peak flow values deteriorate.
  • Increasing trouble.

The address and telephone number of a kind reception, go to Find Health Care. You can also contact some receptions and order a time via the Internet. Click on My care contacts.

Investigation

Health center can make an asthma study. With the help of lung function tests examines your lungs and airways. Common tests are spirometry testing and PEF measurements.

Treatment

It is important to treat your inflamed airways as early as possible. The quicker you can get a diagnosis and begin treatment, the less problems it will be in the future. The goal of asthma treatment is that you can live as normal a life as possible without getting symptoms that limit your interests or activities.

Talk to your doctor or nurse on what triggers your symptoms at home or work. Sometimes environmental advances help.

Pharmaceuticals

There are many useful and effective medications for asthma. They can be divided into two groups: preventive and treating inflammation reliever.

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