How do associated conditions affect the treatment of asthma?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: John J Oppenheimer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Evaluating and treating patients for associated conditions (eg, rhinitis, sinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD]) can be important components of therapy. In one study, treating the GERD symptoms of patients with asthma with a proton pump inhibitor for 6 months reduced asthma exacerbations and improved quality of life but did not improve asthma symptoms or pulmonary function or reduce albuterol usage. [47]


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