Medications and lifestyle changes help manage asthma, but they will not actually cure it, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.
“You still have airway inflammation that needs to be treated,” said Dr. Nicola Hanania, associate professor of medicine at Baylor.
Asthma has a higher prevalence in the inner city population. Treatment incorporates anti-inflammatory medications and lifestyle changes.
Tips for controlling asthma
Hanania stresses controlling indoor allergens such as dust mites and mold, as well as controlling exposure to second-hand smoke.
Although asthma symptoms may not be as apparent when medication and lifestyle changes are incorporated, asthma is not actually cured. If medication or lifestyle changes are stopped, signs of poor control, such as exacerbations and an increased use of an inhaler, will appear and can lead to emergency room visits, hospitalizations and sometimes even death.
Hanania suggests proper education about asthma and having an action plan and knowing when to get help or when to go to the emergency room.
It is possible for adults to develop asthma even though it was not present previously.
-By Dipali Pathak