Antibiotics for Asthma?

Hartert, TTina V.; Edwards, Kathryn
May 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;5/15/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 10, p1347
Academic Journal
Asthma is a major public health problem, being the most common chronic illness of childhood and affecting nearly 5 million children in the United States. Epidemiologic studies suggest that acute viral infections in early infancy, such as RSV infection, may play a role in the development of an allergic diathesis. Moreover, both clinical and observational studies support the association between viral infections and asthma exacerbations. A prospective study in this article, provides further evidence of the association of infection with childhood asthma-related hospitalization. Nearly one-half of the children in the study had an identified infection at the time of the asthma exacerbation. Mycoplasma pneumoniae, was identified as the most common pathogen associated with acute asthma exacerbations in children.


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