oa South African Family Practice - Treating childhood asthma : review article

Volume 53, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Asthma is the most common chronic disease of South African children, affecting 10-20% of the population. It is sometimes difficult to diagnose. Where uncertainty exists, it may be more beneficial to treat the child as asthmatic, and then wean him or her off the medication later once it is under control, than neglect to administer the correct therapy to a true asthmatic. The treatment of asthma is often problematic, not because of lack of access to appropriate medication, but because of the central role played by additional factors, such as patient adherence and administration of medication technique.

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