Asthma is a painstaking disease and the number of
people suffering is increasing with each day. Researches are going on but doctors
are not able to get into any conclusions.
In India, the mounting numbers have presently reached
15-20 million and it is evident that the number will continue until passable
emphasis is laid on the prominence of categorizing the right medication, which
can help manage asthma commendably.
This particular chronic disease shakes a large
population on a worldwide basis and its number are intensifying every year.
According to the WHO, between 100 and 150 million people around the globe
suffer from asthma. The reasons for the increasing occurrence of asthma are
actually multifactorial. Mostly they include rising air pollution with smoking,
incorrect treatment in children, the upsurge in air particulate matter, and
viral infections in early childhood.
Talking to us about the treatment of asthma, Dr
Mohan said it is very essential to change the insight towards asthma and
inhalation therapy that we have today.
Dr. Mohan said, "While inhalation treatment can play
a crucial role in reducing the impact of asthma on people's lives, adherence is
crucial. Inhaled medicines help to deliver the drugs directly to the lungs
where they are required, so they work faster, better and with negligible side
He said that the main challenge is to persuade the
patients to accept inhalers and stick to the treatment prescribed in order to
get the best possible solution. Inhalation therapy is needed to control asthma
by relieving and preventing the symptoms and reducing flare-ups. Interestingly they
will work if patients take it as a partnership with their physicians and take
them as recommended.
An added challenge is to manage asthma where there is a
tendency of discontinuation of the medication once the symptoms have lessened. Inopportunely,
this may also result in the exacerbation of the disease and flare-up of
symptoms. This can also lead to a worsening of asthma in both children and adult.
Specialists advocated it is best to consult a doctor before taking any such
steps as asthma habitually require long-term treatment.
Thinking and categorizing the causes of asthma, we
consider air pollution is becoming an important cause and trigger for asthma in
India. Scientists have proved that of all the available treatments, inhalation
therapy is still the best form of drug delivery in asthma. It transfers the drugs
directly in the lungs, and the action is pretty quick and comparatively lesser
dose is obligatory to recover from the symptoms.
Dr. Ankit Parakh, senior consultant Pulmonologist,
Centre For Child Health at BLK Super Speciality Hospital said, "We need to make
people aware of this safe and effective therapy. Inhalers are handy, easy to
carry and patient-friendly as they are very simple to use."