Asthma research is ongoing and it certainly needs to be, when you consider the dramatic rise in the numbers of reported cases in the past quarter of a century. This is a disease which has been constantly on the rise as Western societies have moved into an increasingly unnatural environment, and it clearly has a link with many of the materials used in modern construction. There is also the inevitable decrease in air quality to consider, largely due to the increased pollution from road traffic.
The fact that the most developed countries have far and away the highest rates of incidence of asthma is clear proof that there is something in the environment which is causing the difficulty. In fact, there is almost certainly more than one contributing factor in every case, otherwise the numbers would be even worse than they are. There is also the issue of whether modern children are brought up in an environment which is too sterilized and clean, so they are not exposed to potential allergens early on to develop an immunity to them. Trials have demonstrated that children who are exposed to cat and dog allergens early in life actually have a reduced risk of developing asthma in the following years.
It is far easier to determine the factors which can exacerbate asthma than it is to clearly define the initial cause. Once someone is known to have asthma, it is more than likely that they will be under close medical supervision and that everything pertaining to an asthma attack will be accurately recorded. This data is not only useful to the practitioner dealing with that specific asthma case, it is also exactly what researchers need to determine likely aggravating factors. Dust mites, vehicle exhaust, smoking, and even normally positive factors such as exercise can all play their part.
Maintaining an asthma treatment plan is always a combination of avoiding any factors which seem to trigger attacks, while also using drugs to stabilize the condition of the body. Asthma research will always be continuing into the way certain drugs can be used to prevent the body from reacting to stimuli. Although none of the drugs currently used in asthma treatment are able to cure the condition, there is definite evidence that using drugs to keep the airways clear and preventing attacks can allow the body to stabilize itself. In children especially, there are many cases where symptoms cease following treatment.
Current drug therapies have a high success rate in allowing asthma sufferers to live a full and satisfying life, within the context of what is possible with the condition. In some cases, it is highly advisable for someone to change careers because there is a clear factor in the immediate environment which is triggering attacks. Other people may benefit from going to live in a more rural area where the air is far less polluted, but there are practical considerations here and it is not always possible. Where changes are possible, the effects are always valuable data to add to the banks of available research.
Whether ongoing asthma research can ever develop a cure for the condition remains to be seen, but there is no immediate prospect of it happening. The current trend is negative, as ever greater numbers of people are contracting the condition. It will probably need a society-wide change to a more natural environment before any significant progress can be made, even though there are obvious steps which individuals can take for themselves. In terms of managing the condition, drug research is always constant and new solutions are being developed now. It may be possible to control the condition better as a result of current asthma research.