Dr. Barbara Huggins

New Asthma Guidelines

November 1, 2007

New Asthma Guidelines -  November 1, 2007More than 22 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with asthma. Without appropriate treatment, asthma can significantly affect those who suffer from it. But new guidelines have been released recently to give doctors the recommendations they need to manage these patients. UT Health Center's, Dr. Mom has more.

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program recently issued a comprehensive update on the clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma. The updated guidelines emphasize asthma control and new approaches for monitoring.

Asthma, a chronic lung disease, is a common health problem that affects more than 22 million people in the U.S., 6.5 million are children under age 18. A person with asthma may be restricted from certain activities and is the cause of many missed school/work days. Asthma cannot be cured but it can be controlled.

The new guidelines place an emphasis in the following four areas:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 4,000 Americans die from asthma exacerbations each year. No one should die with asthma. Get appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and take medications properly.

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