Anestimated 25.7 million people have been diagnosed with asthma, a common lung disorder involving
the inflammation and swelling of the airways. Of the 25.7 million of people
in the U.S. diagnosed with having asthma, 7 million are children. Generally
with people who have asthma, the inflammation of the airways is usually
triggered from inhaled particles, like allergens, viruses, second-hand
smoke, chemicals, and molds. Those who are suffering from an asthma attack
have such symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness
What Causes Asthma?
Research has shown that asthma has a genetic component, but the exact cause
of asthma has not been ascertained. 52% of those surveyed who have asthma
have an immediate family member who also suffers from the condition. There
have also been studies showing that infants and fetuses exposed to secondhand
smoke and other allergens may be more likely to develop asthma as the
exposure is hypothesized to affect the development of the immune system.
Prescription Medications and Frequency of Asthma Symptoms
Prescription medications in the form of inhalers are the predominant way
to treat asthma. It has been estimated that two-thirds of all survey respondents
experienced symptoms at least once a week. But, generallyasthma sufferers are more likely to experience symptoms more frequently, sometimes at least
two days per week. With the discomfort that many asthma sufferers feel
throughout the week, especially seasonally when the asthma may be triggered
more often, inhalers are being used more and more, sometimes posing a
danger to the user.
Overuse of Asthma Inhalers and Albuterol
According to a recent study,
over-reliance on an asthma inhaler can have damaging effects. First and foremost, inhalers can have a steroid
component within the medication which can be dangerous if your body is
overexposed to it. Second, the medication builds up within the system
and can cause side effects such as nervousness, dizziness, headache, nausea,
and irregular or rapid heart beart. Thirdly, inhalers are used to relax
muscles within the airways to relieve or prevent the occurrence of asthma
symptoms. Constant exposure to the inhaler could lead to your lungs to
become under-responsive to the medication, and your airways could become
hypersensitive to common asthma triggers. Finally, overuse of an inhaler
could lead to the user only treating the symptoms and the underlying reason
behind the triggering effect could make the person sicker.
Overuse of Albuterol Has Correlation With Depression and Lower Mental Functioning
studies have suggested that there is a correlation between overexposure to albuterol,
the medication within the inhaler, and
depression. The study found that of users of albuterol, 27% overused the drug, while
22% underused the drug. Of those who overused the albuterol, 45% used
the inhalar on a daily basis. The overusers not only had more symptomatic
days, but generally scored worse on the asthma control survey, the asthma
symptom utility index, and the shortness of breath test. Additionally,
overusers of albuterol had lower cognitive functioning than non-overusers.
The study did not indicate whether it was the asthma and use of the albuterol
that led to depression, or that depressive patients were more likely to
perceive their asthma as being worse than others’ and therefore
overused their albuterol.
Charles County, MD Personal Injury Lawyers that Fight for You
Asthma and its symptoms can cause serious distress for those who suffer
from it. When asthma symptoms are actually resulting from another disorder,
the patient may be harmed by overuse of an asthma inhaler and the disorder
may not be treated in time. If you or a loved one has suffered from the
harmful effects of asthma misdiagnosis, it is important to consult with
an experienced personal injury attorney. Please call the
Law Office of Robert R. Castro at (301) 804-2312 for a confidential consultation.