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Asthma: How to Overcome Treatment Obstacles
Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that may last throughout your life—you must treat it long term. But following a management plan can be difficult over a long period of time.
Here are some reasons you may not follow your management plan. Possible solutions are listed too.
Reasons you might not follow plan
You may not fully understand the seriousness of asthma. Some adults who have mild symptoms may not feel that treatment is needed.
It may be difficult to visit or communicate with a doctor or pharmacist. This could be because of distance and a lack of transportation, cultural or language barriers, a lack of trust, or miscommunication. All of this can lead to little guidance about what to do.
Often it is hard for a child to follow the management plan, because the child must rely on the help of family members and other people.
Reasons children might not follow plan
In single-parent families, a parent may not always be available to help the child remember to take medicine. It also may mean that a child has sole responsibility for treatment.
The child may have many caregivers, making it hard for the child to be on a regular schedule.
A shortage of school health professionals may make it hard to help the child remember to take medicine or to take it correctly.
Oral corticosteroid syrup (such as methylprednisolone) has a bitter taste, and some young children will vomit or refuse their medicine.
You may be concerned about the effect of inhaled steroids on your child's growth or health.
Children or teens may be embarrassed about having to take asthma medicine. They may feel different from their friends and peers.
Current as of: July 6, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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