New asthma guidelines from BTS and Sign

26th October 2016 by Louise Hudman

New asthma guidelines from BTS and Sign

This is an update on the asthma guideline from BTS/SIGN.

There are lots of little changes, but probably the biggest change is that they seem to have moved away from using short-acting b2 agonists in the initial management. The first step in children is now very low dose inhaled steroids and in adults is low dose inhaled steroids.

Another change is that treatment should be stepped up if salbutamol is needed more than 3 times a week, rather than just 2 times a week as was previously advised.

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