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By John Rees

The recent version of this most sensible promoting ABC has been up-to-date to incorporate the recent British Thoracic Society guidance released in 2003 at the administration of bronchial asthma.

Concise and hugely illustrated, the booklet contains chapters on leukotriene antagonists and lengthy performing beta agonists.

The major issues integrated within the textual content conceal the company of bronchial asthma care, analysis, administration of children and toddler bronchial asthma.

An crucial textual content for GPs, clinical scholars, nurses and somebody facing the remedy of bronchial asthma in either adults and youngsters.

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Adverse effects of short course of oral corticosteroids ● ● Corticosteroids Corticosteroids are effective in preventing the development of acute asthma. ● ● ● ● ● Fluid retention Hyperglycaemia Indigestion Sleep disturbance Steroid induced psychosis Susceptibility to severe herpes zoster Weight gain Oral delivery Oral prednisolone should be given if control of asthma is deteriorating despite usual regular treatment. A single oral dose of prednisolone, 40-50 mg according to body weight, should be given each day for at least five days until recovery, according to the speed of the response.

The guidelines suggest that control of asthma should be assessed against the following standards: ● Minimal symptoms during day and night ● Minimal need for reliever medication ● No exacerbations ● Normal lung function (in practice FEV and/or PEF Ͼ80% 1 predicted or best) This degree of control would be the aim for the first three steps in the guideline. At steps four to five such freedom from symptoms may not be achievable without side effects, and the objectives are: ● Fewest possible symptoms ● Least possible need for relief bronchodilators ● Least possible limitation of activity ● Least possible PEF variation ● Best PEF ● Fewest adverse effects of treatment Uncontrolled inflammation Inflammation reduced by treatment Airway remodelling Reverse or limit damage?

Treatment should be started while this is arranged. In less severe attacks initial treatment should be given and, if the response is inadequate, hospital admission should be arranged. If the initial response is adequate it may be possible to manage the patient at home if supervision is available. The primary treatment should then be followed up, usually by adequate bronchodilation and corticosteroids, and the response should be assessed by measurements of peak flow. The threshold for admission should be lowered if there has been a recent admission, previous severe attacks, poor patient perception of severity, or poor social support.

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