Childhood Asthma Is So Overdiagnosed That Inhalers Have Become A 'Fashion Accessory,' Experts Say

Medical Daily

By Ali Venosa

Anyone suffering from asthma knows that going undiagnosed would be annoying at best and life-threatening at worst. In the past, doctors did under-diagnose the condition, but someexperts are saying the pendulum has now swung too far in the other direction — asthma is being overdiagnosed, and inhalers have “almost become a fashion accessory.”

Professor Andrew Bush and Dr. Louise Fleming of Imperial College and Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust say the inhalers are being dispensed with no good reason, and this is a significant issue not only because of the high cost of inhalers, but because of their side effects as well...

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