Exacerbations of asthma and COPD have a negative impact on disease process in both conditions. Find out what you know about guideline-recommended mitigation.
Guidelines on management of both asthma and COPD strongly encourage medication adherence and trigger avoidance to reduce risk of disease exacerbation. In COPD, exacerbations are believed to hasten loss of lung function and prevention of exacerbations is now an important outcome measure in studies of new therapeutics in both diseases.
Answers to the 4 questions that follow are based on evidence-based guidelines from the Global Initiative for Asthma and the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.