Medical Daily reported this news from the United Kingdom – when you see headlines like these, do you get angry? Frustrated? Or do you agree with some part of it?
Anyone suffering from asthma knows that going undiagnosed would be annoying at best and life-threatening at worst. In the past, doctors did under-diagnose the condition, but some experts are saying the pendulum has now swung too far in the other direction — asthma is being overdiagnosed, and inhalers have “almost become a fashion accessory.”
Professor Andrew Bush and Dr. Louise Fleming of Imperial College and Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust say the inhalers are being dispensed with no good reason and this is a significant issue not only because of the high cost of inhalers, but because of their side effects as well.
“Inhaled corticosteroids, when properly used, dramatically improve quality of life and reduce the risk of asthma attacks and mortality,” they write in the study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.