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Asthma sufferers are being scrutinized by the surgeon general for improper management of their asthma symptoms. An increase in prevalence of asthma is due to many factors, and many people are using the emergency department as their first line of treatment. Symptoms of asthma include wheezing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath, it accounts for 12 deaths annually in the US. Asthma can be managed with reliever and preventer medication used as directed and by avoiding allergens or triggers (dust mites, animal dander, mould, smoke, ozone), but there is no cure. The current aim is to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations by educating asthma sufferers and their families to identify and treat asthma symptoms early.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by NBC News
About: Asthma hospitalization an unacceptable first-line treatment
Date: 1 July 2005
Source: NBC News
Author: Tom Costello
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