Secondhand Smoke Counteracts Asthma Treatment

It isn’t rocket science that parents should not be smoking at home with children that suffer from asthma. A new study finds, that secondhand smoke may be counteracting the effects of the child’s asthma treatment.

The study, published in the journal Chest, finds that the oxidants in cigarette smoke were shown to be capable of destroying key anti-inflammatory enzymes in asthma medicine. Great.
“Passive smoking in the home and in cars is damaging to the lungs,” lead researcher Professor Peter Barnes told Medical Daily. “What our study shows is that it can stop a key asthma treatment — inhaled steroids — from working properly, so it means that asthma is not as well-controlled.”

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Patient using SmokeCheck and smoking cessation tool to measure the effects of an anti smoking program

Because asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation in a person’s airways that makes breathing difficult, asthmatics rely on inhalers to deliver corticosteroid, which helps to stop the abnormal inflammation signal. Children that live in homes where smoking transpires, Barnes explains, were shown to have the same resistance to these steroids as adults who actively smoke.

For more information on Smoking Cessation and integrating it into your practice, to help save the children in smoking homes, visit MD Spiro’s Breath CO section today.

References:

http://www.mdspiro.com
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3913299/
http://www.medicaldaily.com/secondhand-smoke-could-cancel-out-asthma-treatment-destruction-key-enzyme-269278

Randy Clare

Randy Clare

Randy Clare brings to The Sleep and Respiratory Scholar more than 25 years of extensive knowledge and experience in the sleep and pulmonary function field. He has held numerous management positions throughout his career and has demonstrated a unique view of the alternate care diagnostic and therapy model. He is considered by many an expert in the use of a Sleep Bruxism Monitor in a dental office. He is also very involved with physician office spirometry for the early detection of COPD and Asthma

Mr. Clare’s extensive sleep industry experience assists Sleep Scholar in providing current, relevant, data-proven information on sleep diagnostics and sleep therapies that are effective for the treatment of sleep disorders.

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