About 90% of asthma patients use rescue inhalers--perhaps its because nearly 60% weren't instructed at diagnosis on asthma triggers to avoid. More results, here.
Most asthma patients (89%) rely heavily on their rescue inhalers, according to results of the Asthma in America 2016 survey.
The Asthma in America 2016 survey was conducted online between January 14 and March 20, 2016 among more than 500 individuals with asthma.
After receiving a diagnosis of asthma, two-thirds of patients continued to experience the symptoms for which they sought treatment.
More than half of respondents were diagnosed after asthma had become moderate or severe; 44% said asthma symptoms began before adulthood.
Two-thirds have symptoms daily or weekly and 68% currently use both rescue and maintenance inhalers.
More than half of respondents report using vitamins/supplements, breathing and other exercise, and nutrition or diet changes.
Patients wish they had been given more information at diagnosis on how to avoid asthma triggers (58%); how asthma would impact lifestyle (51%); and the potential health consequences of asthma (49%).
“My understanding is that most survey respondents were satisfied with their current treatment and that almost half have used [the treatment] for over five years. However, if you find you are relying on your rescue inhaler throughout the day or, it is your ‘go to’ medication, it would be prudent to see your physician for a revaluation of your current condition and a reassessment of the medications you are using,” says Leon Lebowitz, respiratory therapist and a moderator at Asthma.net, the sponsor of the survey.In this short slide show, find out more about how people with ashtma experience their disease and its management.Click here for the full Asthma in America 2016 survey results.