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Asthma can be a life-threatening, complicated, and deadly disease; especially if it isn't managed. Managing Asthma can be very difficult for children and their families. In order to manage asthma and allergy symptoms families must be able to follow the recommended treatment by their doctors. There are many obstacles that can have an affect on managing asthma like lack of preventative healthcare due to not be covered by insurance, not having access to transportation to get to doctors appointments or pharmacies, and lack of funds to pay for medications and doctors appointments. There are also cultural issues that can impact healthcare for this population like cultural beliefs and rituals, language barriers, and beliefs of not using medications to treat illness. Asthma education is very important for these populations. Nurses can educate patients on the importance of maintaining daily control of asthma and symptoms, especially when patients are feeling well. Nurses can provide resources to patients regarding free clinics, medications programs available, and there may be times where the nurse may have access to sample medications, which can be given to the patient for no cost. In the end education plays a vital role in managing asthma, and nurses must ensure that families and patients understand the importance of controlling the symptoms in order for the patient to remain healthy.
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References Klements, B (2004, April). Communication and understanding keys to asthma treatment cultural and socio-economic factors can be obstacles to asthma care Retrieved May 1, 2013, from http:// www. childrenshospital.org/view/april04/asthma_p.html Solano asthma coalition . (n.d.). Retrieved from
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  • Summer '16
  • Anissa Stover
  • Household income in the United States, San Francisco Bay Area, Solano Asthma Coalition

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