Helping people with asthma breathe easier

By Adem Lewis / in , , /

Asthma is a very prevalent disease, affecting
probably, somewhere between twelve and fifteen per cent of Canadian children, and eight to
ten per cent of adults in Canada. It’s a chronic inflammatory disease of the
airways. I had asthma as a child, quite early in life. It started when I was aged three or four. And that was at a time when we did not have
really effective treatments to manage it. So I can remember the impact that having particularly
acute, severe asthma attacks had on me as a child, and on my family. There are very effective treatments available. These are inhaled medications, and they’re
called inhaled corticosteroids. These are effective, but they need to be taken
every day, twice a day, usually, to get the maximum benefit. And when patients have very mild disease,
and don’t have symptoms every day, they tend to not use the medication as prescribed. And so, what we call adherence to the medication,
is in the range of twenty per cent. One in five patients actually use it every
day, as prescribed. Having this one inhaler approach turned out
to be just as good as using the regular, inhaled steroids twice a day, at reducing the risk
of having a severe asthma attack. I have been living with asthma for just over
twenty years. It is easier just to use one inhaler, rather
than multiple ones. I have found that I have been sick less often
using this single inhaler.

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