Many asthma patients don't stick to treatment plan, study finds

Posted: 1/20/2014

From HealthDay:

If you can't get relief from your asthma, the way you communicate with your allergist might be part of the problem, according to two new studies.

The researchers said asthma patients need to ask questions and have open communication with their allergists for their treatment to be effective.

One study found that only 8 percent to 13 percent of asthma patients continue to refill inhaled corticosteroid prescriptions after one year. These medications, when taken early and as prescribed, may help improve asthma control, normalize lung function and possibly prevent permanent injury to the airways, the researchers said.

"When patients do not understand their condition or treatment plan, they may not follow life-saving guidelines, putting them at increased risk for asthma attacks," study author Dr. Stanley Fineman, former president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said in a college news release. Read more.