Wheeze in children linked to bacteria and viruses

Wheezy symptoms in young children are related to bacterial infection, independent of any association with viral infection, a Danish study suggests.

Researchers measured bacteria and virus frequency in children of asthmatic mothers aged 4 weeks to 3 years. They compared samples collected during wheezy episodes to those from planned visits without respiratory symptoms.

Wheezy episodes were associated with both bacterial infection and viral infection, but that the associations were independent of each other.

The study’s authors suggest that their findings could have implications for the treatment of wheezy episodes, but they said that further work is needed.

‘Clinical trials with antibiotic therapy will be required to determine whether this increased detection of bacteria during wheezy episodes has clinical effects that are amenable to modification by appropriate therapy,’ they said.

In the study, wheezy episodes were defined as three consecutive days of wheeze, as assessed by the parents.

Parents were told that wheeze was any symptom that severely affected breathing, including noisy breathing, shortness of breath or a persistent troublesome cough.

After three days of symptoms, parents were asked to bring their children to the research clinic where bacterial or viral samples were taken. Samples were also taken at yearly check-ups, for comparison.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Most GPs yet to commit to network DES just days before deadline

Most GPs yet to commit to network DES just days before deadline

Most GP practices have yet to sign up to the network DES for 2020/21 with just days...

LMC warns risks of PCN DES may outweigh benefits for some practices

LMC warns risks of PCN DES may outweigh benefits for some practices

A major LMC has warned that the risks of signing up to the network DES may outweigh...

Map: Which CCGs have the most patients shielding for coronavirus?

Map: Which CCGs have the most patients shielding for coronavirus?

For GPs in some parts of England, just one in 50 patients have been asked to shield...

Named clinical lead in place at 100% of care homes in England after 'record' GP response

Named clinical lead in place at 100% of care homes in England after 'record' GP response

NHS England has welcomed a 'record response' from GP practices across the country...

GPs offered access to antibody testing from next week

GPs offered access to antibody testing from next week

GPs will be able to request COVID-19 antibody tests for themselves and patients from...

Government forced into U-turn over NHS surcharge for health and care workers

Government forced into U-turn over NHS surcharge for health and care workers

Doctors' leaders hailed a moral victory as the government announced plans to scrap...