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Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol. 2008 Dec;26(4):257-64.

Epidemiology and current status of asthma and associated allergic diseases in Taiwan- ARIA Asia-Pacific Workshop report.

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Division of Allergy, Asthma and Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan


The prevalence of allergic diseases appears to have been increasing in recent years. The hospitalization rate of asthma in children showed an increasing trend. House dust mites and cockroaches are the two most common indoor aeroallergens in Taiwan. Various kinds of inhaled corticosteroids or combination medications are available, but in clinical practice these have not been used as much as oral beta-2 agonists. Generally 68% of the physicians would follow the asthma treatment guidelines. Because of the comprehensive health care insurance system, the majority of the population in Taiwan can afford the medical expense of diseases. The country's expenditure of asthma care is around USD 83.1 millions per year which is increasing by the year as well. In clinical aspects, asthma education should still be included as part of its treatment.

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