White paper on asthma paints a grim picture

May 05, 2015 12:02 am | Updated November 16, 2021 05:07 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

On the eve of World Asthma Day the Indian Medical Association has on Monday noted that one should not ignore the first attack of asthma after the age of 40.


* All wheezing is not asthma and all asthmatics do not wheeze

* Only cough may be a sign of asthma

* If you are able to speak a sentence during an asthma attack, you do not have severe asthma

* If you get an asthma attack more than twice in the night in a month or more than twice during day time in a week, you need continuous treatment

* All asthmatics should be questioned about symptoms triggered by common inhaled allergens, at home, school or work

* Indoor allergens, such as dust mites, animal danders, molds, mice and cockroaches, are of particular importance

* Food allergy rarely causes isolated asthma symptoms, although wheezing and cough can be symptoms of food-induced anaphylaxis

* Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may trigger symptoms of asthma in about 3 to 5% adult asthmatic patients

* Gastric reflux is common among patients with asthma

* Well-controlled asthma means daytime symptoms no more than twice per week and night-time symptoms no more than twice per month

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