December 10th 2007
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease affecting 20 million people in the United States, including 6.1 million children. Allergies are among the most common risk factors for the development of asthma, and they often trigger acute episodes. Because the economic and health care burden of asthma has increased over the past 20 years, physicians should be familiar with current management guidelines, as well as with the many medications available. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can prevent asthma exacerbations and improve the quality of life of patients.