Bengaluru: According to a study conducted by Dr Chetan Kumar from People tree hospitals, Yeshwantpur of Bengaluru, over 40% asthma patients in Karnataka don't adhere to treatment course.
According to Dr. Kumar most patients in Karnataka end up ignoring the prescribed medication as soon as the obvious symptoms of asthma subsides.
"Generally, the asthma medication takes about 12 weeks to have an impact. If the symptoms are under control, the dose of the asthma medication has to be tapered in the maintenance phase after consulting the doctor. However, there is limited understanding of the maintenance therapy. As a result, the majority of patients tend to discontinue their medicines, failing to realize that if the medication is not taken as prescribed, the asthma attack could return with severe consequences," he observed .
Dr Kumar says that some patients believe that inhalers, if used frequently, would lead to addiction and hence stop using them before the prescribed time, which too is adding to the factors that can worsen their plight. "An estimated 17% of people in Karnataka don't exercise regularly, making them prone to aggravated asthma resulting out of poor lifestyle choices and practices," he says adding that nearly 17% of asthma patients in the state are also affected by crowded or heavy vehicular traffic, pollution and dust.
He further points out that the climate of Karnataka is generally tropical and features fairly hot temperatures over the year except during the monsoon season. "Summers are extreme with mercury shooting up over 40 degree Celsius regularly. There is an exacerbation of asthma symptoms, especially in case of patients with borderline lung functions due to these climatic variations," he states.
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