Late diagnosed brittle asthma can cause life-threatening complications

HYDERABAD (APP):Symptoms in brittle asthma sufferers are often chronic, severe and very difficult to treat as well as prove unresponsive to medicines and other treatments, said eminent Cardiologist and physician Professor Dr Akram Munir .
Talking to APP here on Monday he said that people with brittle asthma tend to be those who have relatively frequent asthma attacks, and in between acute attacks may have ongoing symptoms such as coughing and wheezing which may require quite large doses of medication to keep them under control.
He said that brittle Asthma that use the term ‘brittle asthma’ mean that the asthma can change from being apparently well controlledto being poorly controlled in a short space of time. About the Symptoms of Brittle Asthma he informed that all asthma sufferers have inflamed and constricted airways that cause tightness in the chest as well as difficult breathing and these symptoms in brittle asthma sufferers are often chronic, severe and very difficult to treat as well asproving unresponsive to medicines and other treatments, added.
Dr Akram Munir said about the categories of brittle asthma that Type 1 brittle asthmatics suffer chronically every day with their asthma, even though patients are on large amounts of medication and treatment and this often includes the use of daily steroids. He further informed that Brittle asthma is relatively uncommon and consequently has been characterized in clinical terms.
Dr Akram Munir said that two types at least can be identified, Type 1 is characterized by wide peak flow variation despite maximal therapy and type 2 by very sudden attacks and the type 1 brittle asthma is associated with the female gender, atopy, high psychosocial disturbance and food intolerance but the type 2 brittle asthma is best treated with self-inject able adrenaline and avoidance of recognised triggers, he added. He said that apart from their chronic daily condition, patients can sometimes suffer life- threatening asthma attacks which come on suddenly and often with little or no warning. Type 1 sufferers may need frequent admission to hospital when their condition is exacerbated but this type may try to lead as normal a
life as is possible, but many find themselves unable to work and in some cases become registered disabled, he added.