A study from Finland adds another link to studies associating infection with chlamydia to late-onset asthma.

When a person develops asthma after puberty, doctors often diagnose late-onset asthma. Although asthma in childhood can be caused by allergies, most cases of late-onset asthma are not caused by allergies. Recently, Dr. Richard Martin of National Jewish in Denver has grown mycoplasma bacteria from the lungs of people with late-onset asthma and researchers in Finland found Chlamydia in this same disease (1).

Dr. David Hahn of the University of Wisconsin has shown that antibiotics belonging to the erythromycin and tetracycline class can cure some cases of late-onset asthma. The present treatment for asthma includes using cortisone and other type inhalers and when they fail, using cortisone-type pills. If future studies confirm these exciting new studies, more doctors will treat late-onset asthma with erythromycin-type antibiotics such as Biaxin, Zithromax or Dynabac antibiotics. See report #G144.

Checked 8/9/05

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