The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new set of guidelines that may be bad news for patients with chronic conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, the Associated Press reports.
The guidelines say asthma and allergies should be considered chronic diseases, but if a patient suffers from rheumatism, asthma and allergy sufferers should be screened.
The CDC is also recommending that asthma and allergic sufferers be screened for possible coexisting conditions and if they have other serious medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to adverse outcomes.
The new guidelines say that when people with coexisting medical conditions have co-existing asthma or allergies, they should be evaluated for the first time by a physician, and a physical exam should be performed if necessary.
The person should also have their airway narrowed.
The guidelines say the primary objective of this screening should be to identify patients who may have an increased risk of developing co-occurring medical conditions.
But the guidelines also state that screening could have negative outcomes if there is no co-existing condition.
“Screening is a complicated and potentially dangerous process, and it could result in a negative outcome if the screening results are not accurate and are not considered clinically relevant,” the CDC said in a statement.
The guidelines recommend that all adults aged 18 and older have a physical examination of themselves every 6 months to be sure they are healthy and free of underlying health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, asthma or other medical conditions, and to be able to identify the most severe medical conditions such an asthma attack, heart attack or stroke.
They also recommend that a health professional perform a comprehensive physical exam of the body every 12 months to ensure that all of the health system’s organs and tissues are functioning properly.