Is Asthma Age-Specific?

Published By : 12 Apr 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, with key symptoms being recurrent bouts of breathlessness and wheezing. The symptoms vary in severity and frequency from patient to patient. Though the exact causes of asthma are still unknown, researchers believe that host factors such as genes and environmental exposure trigger the key symptoms of the disease.
Symptoms of Asthma can appear at Any Age

Though asthma is assumed to be majorly affecting children, studies have revealed that the symptoms and signs of asthma can actually show at any point of life. When the symptoms of asthma appear at the age of 50 or 60, or even higher, it is termed as adult-onset asthma. Women are more at risk of developing adult-onset asthma than men. Also, obesity significantly increases the risk of adult-onset asthma. Chronic asthma is usually triggered by allergies and around one-third of adult-onset asthma cases are reported to be caused by allergies. Typical symptoms of asthma include difficulty in breathing, a dry cough triggered by allergens, shortness of breath, and wheezing. 

Inhaled Corticosteroids: Are They Effective in Treating Asthma in Children?

Treatment options for asthma can be broadly divided into long-control medication to address persistent asthma and quick-relief medication to treat acute symptoms. For long-control medication, inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), immunmodulators, nedocromil, methylxanthines, and cromolyn sodium are usually prescribed. Non-adherence to ICS is a major factor for poor asthma control among children. The effect of adherence to ICS during asthma exacerbations is not known in details yet. A recent study published in the Dove Medical Press has analyzed the effect of poor adherence to ICS on the risk of exacerbations in children suffering from asthma. It has been concluded that good adherence with ICS has been linked to an increased risk of asthma exacerbations among children suffering from persistent asthma.

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