For mild-to-moderate asthma sufferers, taking steroids daily has no additional benefit over using them only during flare-ups, a new report from researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston shows.
Lead researcher William Calhoun and his team reviewed 340 adults with mild-to-moderate asthma over a nine-month period. They were either instructed to take their steroid supplement daily or only during an asthma attack.
By the end of the study, those taking steroids daily showed no significant improvement in bronchial (airway) reactivity, lung function, exacerbation of symptoms/attacks or days missed from school or work due to the condition compared with their peers taking the medication only during flare-ups.
"The discovery that these two courses of treatment do not differ significantly could eventually change the way doctors and patients manage asthma, providing an option that is easier to follow and possibly less expensive," Calhoun said in a news release.
"Our findings build on a considerable foundation of research in the field and come at a time when asthma cases are rising at an alarming rate, especially in lower-income communities."
The study was published in the September 12 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
by RTT Staff Writer
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