Hot Topic: Do Infections Cause Asthma?

Courtesy of Flickr user Stephen Cummings (creative commons).

Courtesy of Flickr user Stephen Cummings (creative commons).

From the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Washington

You know you’ve hit the news story jackpot when the session you cover is packed. Fortunately, I didn’t end up sitting on the floor during a session on infection and asthma here at the AAAAI meeting, but it seems that a lot of allergists and pulmonologists really want to know what is the relationship between infection and asthma.  Do infections change the immune system in certain individuals, making them more likely to develop asthma or do those who go on to develop asthma have altered immune function to start with, making them more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections?  Right now, no one seems to have the answers.

—Kerri Wachter

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