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2019 Nov 28

Curr Allergy Asthma Rep



The Impact of Ambient Environmental Exposures to Microbial Products on Asthma Outcomes from Birth to Childhood.


Howard E, Orhurhu V, Huang L, Guthrie B, Phipatanakul W
Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2019 Nov 28; 19(12):59.
PMID: 31781873.


Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition with increasing domestic and worldwide prevalence that burdens individuals and the healthcare system with high costs associated with long-term treatments and acute emergency room (ER) visits. It can be triggered by ambient microbes, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. In this review, we examine the outcomes of asthma patients in relation to environmental exposures to ambient microbe products, focusing on whether exposure leads to asthma development from birth to childhood and if particular microbes are associated with worsened asthma exacerbations.