Thursday, September 06, 2012

Losing (your life) in translation

A study in the Sept issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology said that older patients (60 and up) with limited English had poor self-management of their asthma.

Asthma is a condition you need to manage—and carefully. You need to take as-needed and everyday controller meds properly. You probably need both--and can't just grab the as-needed inhaler when you can't get a breath.

Hispanics with limited English tended to be the least likely to use corticosteroids as intended.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology ( recommends having a bilingual person at every doctor appointment.

Ask for literature in Spanish.

If you don’t have a bilingual family member or friend, ask if someone in the office can translate.

Attend a local patient support group to get up-to-date info.

Asthma patients need to see an allergist at very least.

Not being able to breathe is bad--and can be VERY bad. Don't fool around with this.

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