Asthmatics carry inhalers that have been prescribed for asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing caused by the condition, but are there other problems that an inhaler can help with?
It's estimated that 1.1 million children have asthma in the UK, but new research from the Netherlands suggests that doctors are diagnosing the condition abundantly.
Researchers from the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, took the medical records of 652 children aged 6 to 17 who used inhalers all year round. Those that were not confirmed with asthma by a spirometry test, or were diagnosed as having probable asthma, were classed as 'overdiagnosed'. This group measured a somewhat shocking 53.5%. Although this research took place outside the UK, it has implications for GPs worldwide.