Asthma is a common problem facing about 25 million Americans, and the respiratory issue is responsible for billions of dollars worth of treatments and medications annually. While asthma may be widespread, many people are misdiagnosed with the condition each year.
According to CBS Local, new research found that as much as one-third of the population diagnosed with asthma may not have the condition. Asthma can often be confused with breathing disorders, stomach acid reflux and allergies, and it can even be confused with some symptoms of heart failure. Similar research found that patients with other health issues, such as obesity, are frequently misdiagnosed with respiratory problems as well.
"Arguably, the most important message is that diagnoses should not be taken 'at face value' and perpetuated in medical records," the study found, as quoted by the news source. "Perhaps, reconciliation of medications and diagnoses will promote safer, patient-centered care."
Regardless of the diagnosis, people with asthma, allergies or any other type of respiratory illness will need to take steps to ensure they can function normally in the home. For example, investing in a medical-grade device like the IQAir HealthPro Plus may make it easier to breathe indoors, limiting the need for excess treatment and making an individual more comfortable.