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AFSA Asthma development

Antibiotic use in infancy increases risk for childhood asthma

In light of the high (and in some regions still rising) prevalence of allergies and asthma, there is an ongoing quest to try and identify potentially modifiable risk factors for developing such conditions. In this article, the topic of antibiotic use in infancy as a potential risk factor for asthma is explored once again. The effect of antibiotics on a delicate microbiome, and the potential repercussions for the immune system, need to be taken into consideration whenever prescribing antibiotics.

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Antihistamines only delay emergency treatment for anaphylaxis

Giving antihistamines to children who experience anaphylaxis only endangers their lives by delaying emergency treatment, researchers reported. Instead, children should be administered epinephrine and go straight to the ED.

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