Asthma is a common disease. There's a high chance that infants with symptoms similar to the illness will be diagnosed with asthma.
Unfortunately for those people, asthma is a life long disease. Once you have it, there's no way to cure it, but to mask its symptoms. A shocking news today shook the medical world saying, 1 in 3 people diagnosed with asthma don't really have the disease.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, experts learned that many physicians misdiagnose the disease.
For the study, researchers gathered 701 Canadian adults who'd been diagnosed with asthma within the past five years. The participants underwent a series of breathing tests. Researchers analyzed their records as well.
The results showed that one-third of the patients are not asthmatics. Almost 29 percent of these people had similar symptoms that were traced to allergies or heartburn. While the 2 percent had diseases more severe than asthma, such as heart disease and chronic lung diseases.
These findings are concerning. Medication for asthma are taken for long term, and thus could have an effect in the body.
"This study underscores the possibility of over-diagnosis of asthma, and the importance of careful testing of pulmonary [lung] function to make a clear diagnosis before committing a patient to lifelong treatment," Dr. Brian Christman, a spokesman for the American Lung Association told the UPI
To avoid being misdiagnosed, experts say, patients must insist the right testing. Though symptoms like coughing and wheezing may imply asthma, signs are not enough to conclude that the patient suffers the illness.
The right testing includes the use of a spirometer, a device that measures how well a patient can inhale and exhale.
Dr. Shawn Aaron, a respiratory specialist at Ottawa Hospital, in Canada, said in interview
: If your doctor says you have asthma, ask for a spirometry test to confirm it.
It's probably asthma, Taylor.