Individuals who have to deal with both asthma and allergies may face an uphill climb when it comes to their treatment. It can be extremely complicated to manage both conditions, which makes communicating with doctors, and especially allergists, incredibly important.
According to a recent study, published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, researchers found that patients with asthma should ask questions and maintain an open flow of communication with doctors. Only a small number of asthma patients - between 8 and 13 percent - refill their medication after one year of treatment, despite the fact that untreated asthma is responsible for thousands of deaths each year and causes many breathing issues.
"When patients do not understand their condition or treatment plan, they may not follow life-saving guidelines, putting them at increased risk for asthma attacks," said Dr. Stanley Fineman, an allergist and the president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "... Proper treatment and adherence to the plan not only improves quality of life, but may save lives."
One effort that can help both conditions is investing in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade device can clear a wide variety of irritants and allergens out of the air, which can make it easier to breathe indoors.