Actions Against Asthma Triggers Not Always Beneficial
17, 2004 - NEWSdial.com) Although parents are taking action against
child's asthma triggers, new research indicates that their efforts
are not always beneficial, according to a study in the August 2004
Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (JACI). The JACI is
the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Academy of
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).
Michael D. Cabana, MD, MPH, and colleagues from the University
of Michigan Health System studied 896 parents and found that 81%
of parents took some sort of action to reduce or remove an asthma
trigger. However, over half (51%) tried an environmental control
measure that was unlikely to help.
The study found:
> 216 children, 24%,
lived in a home with a smoker. Only 6% of respondents who smoked
reported any attempt to reduce their
child's smoke exposure, despite proven benefits of reducing smoke
> 224 respondents
had purchased an air filter, even though only 157 of them reported
an environmental trigger that would have
> Few actions, 1%,
performed by parents were harmful or not recommended. In all
cases families purchased a humidifier, even
though their children's asthma was triggered by dust mites.
> Receiving asthma
education and the number of primary care visits in last year
were associated with an increased possibility
of pursuing any action to address environmental triggers.
These results suggest that parents spend a great deal of effort
on actions that do not reduce their child's asthma triggers. Health
care providers need to be able to help families identify the children's
specific triggers and educate parents about effective ways to reduce
or eliminate their effect on the child's health.
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