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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-6

Management of asthma in adults: Current trends and future directions

Department of Medicine, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

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C H Njoku
Department of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, P. M. B. 2254, Sokoto
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DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.55739

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Bronchial asthma has witnessed a significant increase in its prevalence in the past decade. Considerable morbidity and significant mortality has been associated with it and this has been matched by increased scientific research into new methods of therapy to supplement or replace the traditionally known treatment modalities. A search for old and new literature on asthma management in adults necessitated forage in the library for old works and an internet search into relevant websites to download several works on asthma from which those relevant to this article were selected. Evidences supporting current asthma therapies including some non-pharmacological measures of intervention and alternative approaches were highlighted. Some novel interventions that may be useful in the future management of asthma were discussed. Some novel therapeutic agents acting on specific components of the inflammatory pathways in asthma are emerging. The future management of asthma may involve the use of these newer agents in combination with more established therapies. For successful management of asthma, patient's education and involvement are essential.

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