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Antibiotics for Asthma


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Asthma is a chronic lung disease that cannot be cured. It can be controlled by taking medicine and making changes in your environment.

People with asthma have very sensitive airways that react to many things, such as cigarette smoke, allergies, infections, or cold air. Asthma episodes may come and go, but the lungs stay sensitive to the things that trigger asthma.

In an asthma attack the muscles of the air passages in the lungs go into spasm and the linings of the airways swell. As a result, the airways become narrowed and breathing becomes difficult.

Sometimes there is a specific trigger for an asthma attack such as:

  • An allergy.
  • A cold.
  • Cigarette smoke.
  • Extremes of temperature.
  • Exercise.

People with asthma usually deal well with their own attacks by using a blue reliever inhaler, however you may be required to assist someone having an asthma attack or having an attack for the first time.

Recognition features

  • Difficulty in breathing, with a very prolonged breathing-out phase.

There may also be:

  • Wheezing as the casualty breathes out.
  • Difficulty speaking and whispering.
  • Distress and anxiety.
  • Coughing.
  • Features of hypoxia, such as a grey-blue tinge to the lips, earlobes and nailbeds (cyanosis).

Treatment of Asthma

Your aims during an asthma attack are to ease the breathing and if necessary get medical help.


You need to keep the casualty calm and reassure them.
If they have a blue reliever inhaler then encourage them to use it. Children may have a spacer device and you should encourage them to use that with their inhaler also. It should relieve the attack within a few minutes.

Encourage the casualty to breathe slowly and deeply.
Encourage the casualty to sit in a position that they find most comfortable, often leaning forward with arms resting on a table or the back of a chair. Do not lie the casualty down.

A mild asthma attack should ease within three minutes but if it doesn’t encourage the casualty to use their inhaler again.

Antibiotics for Asthma

Drugs May Improve Breathing and Lung Function in Some People

Not all antibiotics are successful in treating asthma. At this time, Telithromycin continues to be studied extensively to treat infections of the respiratory system and sinuses.

Asthma cases range from mild to severe, depending on factors like age, physical health and environment. While children once represented the majority of asthma cases, the number of adult cases has increased in the past few decades. This spike has caused researchers to look at asthma in a different light.

A common antibiotic can improve breathing in some people with asthma. And although doctors may not be ready to hand out antibiotics to everyone with asthma, researchers say this shows that an underlying bacterial infection may be tightening the airways of many asthmatics.

"We believe that antibiotics may become an important addition to the therapeutic options for some patients with asthma," says study author Richard Martin, MD, professor at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, in a news release.

Researchers say they aren't exactly sure how a bacterial infection may influence asthma. It may make existing asthma worse, or it may play a role in the development of the disease.

The researchers looked at 55 people with mild-to-moderate asthma. Overall, 31 had signs of an infection with one of two common respiratory bacteria -- mycoplasma or chlamydia. But after six weeks of treatment with the antibiotic Biaxin, lung function improved significantly.

Their findings are published in the June issue of the journal Chest.

In the study, the researchers took tissue samples from the lungs of the patients and tested for evidence of bacteria. This procedure is invasive and can be unpleasant for the patient.

"At the present time, only select centers can appropriately perform the necessary tests. We are working on simpler methods to make the diagnosis easier," says Martin.

After checking for the infection, the researchers gave each patient either the antibiotic Biaxin or a placebo for six weeks -- in addition to their regular asthma medications.

Before the treatment began, there were no significant differences in lung function between the infected and noninfected patients.

After treatment, those asthmatics with bacterial infections who took the antibiotic had a major improvement in breathing, with improved lung function. Those without the infection who took the antibiotic showed no improvement.

Despite their findings, researchers say they don't recommend widespread use of antibiotics to treat asthma. Existing asthma medications can adequately control symptoms in most asthma patients, and overuse of antibiotics could lead to more problems with the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, which is already a concern.

However, the researchers say doctors may want to consider testing their asthmatic patients for bacterial infections if they are not able to control the symptoms even with maximum doses of standard medications. If the lungs do appear to be infected, treatment with antibiotics may then be appropriate.

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People with severe asthma are more likely to have antibodies against the disease-causing bacteria Chlamydia pneumoniae than the general population and in some cases antibiotic treatment can greatly improve symptoms.

"We conclude that a subset of severe asthmatics harbor infectious C. pneumoniae in their lungs, resulting in antibody production and increased asthma severity," Eduard Drizik of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, was quoted as saying.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease, whose causes are not completely understood, affecting over 300 million people worldwide, including almost 24 million American children and adults. There is no cure for asthma and the disease is managed by controlling disease symptoms. The recognition that asthma pathogenesis involves chronic inflammation has led to a flurry of studies exploring the prevalence of various infectious organisms in the asthmatic condition.

Having previously demonstrated an increased prevalence of C. pneumoniae in the lungs of children and adults with asthma, the researchers conducted a study designed to determine if the presence of Chlamydia-specific antibodies could predict asthma severity and if these antibody-positive patients would benefit from treatment with antibiotics.

"The data revealed a statistically significant link between Chlamydia-specific IgE antibody production and the severity of asthma," says Drizik. "Of the asthma patients analyzed, 55% had Chlamydia-specific IgE antibodies in their lungs compared to 12% of blood donor controls."

In addition, patients who were treated on the basis of asthma severity with antibiotics had significant improvements in asthma symptoms and some even experienced a complete abolition of these symptoms.

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Antibiotics can Cause Asthma

An association between antibiotic exposure and asthma is accepted both by the medical profession and the Department of Social Security in the UK and the Health Department in Australia. However, general practitioners and the general public are either apparently unaware of this association, or have not drawn from it what I consider to be a logical conclusion; i.e. exposure to certain or all antibiotics for medicinal purposes, may actually cause asthma.

Antibiotics are known to have side-effects; 'allergic' reactions to antibiotics such as penicillin have been documented in medical literature for over forty years. The severity of these side-effects may range from a simple rash to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction which includes difficult or laboured breathing, which are also symptoms of an asthmatic attack. It is now time to reconsider whether the side-effects of antibiotics should any longer be described as 'allergies', implying that the problem lies with the patient rather than with the drug. It is time that we acknowledged that drugs producing an 'allergic response' are toxic, and in fact producing side-effects which are in many cases symptomatic of poisoning.

Some antibiotics which have been reported in the medical literature as causing asthma in certain individuals include penicillin, ampicillin, amoxycillin, cephalosporins, tetracycline, spiramycin, and erythromycin, other drugs and antibiotics have also been reported to cause asthma. These references which represent but a few of those published, have been selected to illustrate that a correlation between antibiotics and asthma has been reported from several countries, and can result from exposure in a variety of forms. They include:

  • A hospital attendant suffering from conjunctivitis, nasal occlusion, watery rhinorrhoea, generalised pruritis, cough and expiratory wheezing, which were attributed to repeated inhalation of small amounts of penicillin;

  • A farmer who developed generalised pruritis and moderately severe asthma on three occasions shortly after giving his cows injections of penicillin;

  • Some employees of a factory producing penicillin and a number of semi-synthetic penicillin antibiotics first developed asthma, two years after starting work in the factory. These symptoms were found to be related to exposure to the dusts of ampicillin and other penicillin antibiotics, and also occurred following the administration of these antibiotics by mouth in clinical doses;

  • Employees of a pharmaceutical company producing amoxycillin suffering from rhinitis and asthma;

  • Workers in the pharmaceutical industry developing asthma after exposure to 7-aminocephalosporanic acid, an intermediate used in the production of cephalosporine;

  • An asthmatic adolescent who developed urticaria (a skin condition characterised by the appearance of an eruption of weals causing irritation) and anaphylaxis following ingestion of a drug containing three different tetracyclines;

  • A woman who worked as a chick breeder developed asthma and dermatitis after handling poultry feed containing antibiotic or chemotherapeutic drugs including spiramycin and chlortetracycline;

  • Up to some 12% of workers exposed to spiramycin showed symptoms of asthma, rhinitis or urticaria;

  • Individuals who had anaphylactic reactions following oral or intramuscular exposure to penicillin. Laboratory studies using blood samples from these individuals showed the release of histamine (an enzyme that causes local dilation of the blood vessels and increased permeability of the blood vessel walls) by leucocytes (white blood cells which are primarily responsible for fighting infection and foreign substances).

These examples illustrate that industrial processes are not alone in the induction of asthmatic symptoms. There have been suggestions that very low-level exposure to antibiotics resulting from the ingestion of foodstuffs (eg. milk containing antibiotics) may result in sensitization to these chemicals such that a severe reaction may result from later exposure. There is the possibility therefore, that some children who have died after exposure to dairy products, to which they were known to be allergic, have in fact been 'allergic' to antibiotics.

Since exposure to antibiotics in some individuals can cause anaphylaxis, involving difficult or laboured breathing, it seems plausible to conclude especially in light of data shown in Poisonous Prescriptions, that antibiotics can also cause asthma. Until there are studies which vindicate antibiotics in the aetiology of asthma, it must be regarded as highly probable that antibiotics such as penicillins (eg. amoxycillin), erythromycin and cephalosporins are a major cause of asthma in children and adults today, in countries where they are commonly prescribed.

sorce - Lisa Landymore-Lim

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