Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Wow! Asthma suffers may not even have asthma

"Ottawa Hospital respirologist Dr. Shawn Aaron, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, published a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2008, that found many Canadians who believe they have asthma have never been properly tested for the condition."

"But he says, for those without asthma, inhalers’ side effects are not worth it. Those side effects can include oral thrush, which is a buildup of fungus in the mouth, voice hoarseness, and easy bruising. Long-term use can cause growth suppression in children, cataracts, osteoporosis and glaucoma.

The bottom line, Aaron says, is that patients who suspect they have asthma should insist on proper spirometry testing. And he wants his fellow physicians to take the time to do the proper testing to ensure they get their diagnoses right."

Read the story on CTV News

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