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Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Children with Asthma

Asthma is a heterogeneous disease, usually characterized by chronic airway inflammation and accompanied by respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing, and airflow limitation that vary over time and in intensity. The goals of asthma therapy are to achieve optimal symptom control, to prevent asthma exacerbations, and to reduce airflow limitation and the side-effects of treatment. The majority of asthma patients achieve the status of clinically controlled asthma with specific interventions, i.e. inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), short- or long-acting beta2 agonists, and leukotriene receptor antagonists. Due to the chronic nature of asthma, children and adolescents with asthma and their families may turn toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Read more here.