Recent report from experts warn that more than 1 million people who are receiving treatment for asthma may have been misdiagnosed.

Reports say more than 1million people may be misdiagnosed for asthma

Reports say more than 1million people may be misdiagnosed for asthma

Out of the total 4.1 million people who are receiving treatment for asthma, nearly one third did not show a clear evidence of having the incurable condition, said National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It means that so many people are being treated for the wrong condition. Asthma charities have also warned that it is difficult to accurately diagnose asthma and a majority of patients generally do not get the required care.
Health experts have also said that people who are diagnosed with the condition must not stop taking the treatment unless they are given specific instructions to stop by their health care professional. Professor Mark Baker, director of clinical practice at NICE said, “Asthma is a long-term incurable condition that affects millions of people of all ages. If left untreated, asthma attacks can be life threatening.”
Breath tests should be carried out in patients based on the spirometry test results and the patient’s age. It was also said that young people over five years of age and adults should be administered an FeNO test to exactly diagnose the condition.
A BDR test which measures the effectiveness of standard medicines in helping to widen the airway of the lung should also be conducted in order to decide the best course of treatment for the paitent. Children who have the condition before they cross five years of age should be given extra care and should be kept under observation until they are ready to take the clinical tests.
One of the most common reasons why people develop this life altering condition is exposure to certain chemical substances or dust.