"Summer break" doesn't apply to asthma medications
Posted May 06 2009 10:33am
It's summertime and the living is easy. But it can be dangerous to apply that laid back attitude toward asthma treatment.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology urges patients to continue to take all asthma drugs as prescribed over the summer, even if you don't have symptoms. It is the best way to avoid an asthma flare-up.
Studies have shown that patients who reduce or stop taking their asthma medications during the summer months are at greater risk of serious asthma symptoms in the fall. This so-called 'drug holiday' leads to a spike in hospitalizations and emergency department visits due to asthma, especially among children and young adults.