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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.
You may not fully understand the seriousness of asthma. Some
adults who have mild symptoms may not feel that treatment is
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
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
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
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
February 22, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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