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Asthma Sufferers Wasting Money On Expensive Equipment

April 17, 2008 10:27 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A new study says asthmatics should not buy expensive equipment that may be of little use. Common-sense methods probably work better to prevent asthma attacks.

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Researchers conducted a study of specialized equipment such as high-efficiency vacuum cleaners and mattress protectors, and found a small reduction in dust mites, but not enough to ward off asthma attacks.

"The level of allergens is so high in most homes that what remains after the treatment is still high enough to cause asthma attacks,” said Dr. Peter Gotzsche, lead author of the study.

There have been recent positive advances in asthma research, however.

Puerto Rican participants in a culturally tailored asthma intervention program in New York were 37 percent less likely to have visited an emergency room because of their asthma.  

Simple methods may prove far more effective at reducing allergens and preventing attacks.

Leanne Male, assistant research director at charity group Asthma UK, said that tried and true strategies, like washing bed linens in hot water and removing soft toys from beds, could help the 90 percent of people whose asthma is triggered by dust mites, reports The BBC.

Roughly 20 million Americans suffer from asthma, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Symptoms can include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and breathing trouble.

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