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 Microbes In Upper Airway May Cause Asthma In Kids

Microbes are a common cause of asthma but the microbes which are found in the upper airway, the area of the throat through which air passes into and out of the lungs are primarily responsible for asthma in kids. The new study explains this relationship between these two.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America finds that today, all the parents are well acquainted with Asthma because Asthma is one of the emerging diseases in kids. Asthma is a chronic disease that is the topmost cause of children’s hospitalization especially of those who are under fifteen.

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In the beginning, the kids only seem with a benign cough that quickly increases to gasping, wheezing and to a condition when they need urgent assistance.

Asthma outbursts in kids when the microscopic organisms like bacteria are found in the upper airways of kids and it has also revealed by a new study which shows a link between the Asthma outbursts in kids and the microbes found in the upper-airway.

Dr. Yanjiao Zhou researched Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in which she wished to know the real cause of Asthma in the future because she wasn’t sure that whether the upper-airway microbes are the cause of Asthma or not. Nowadays, Dr. Yanjiao Zhou is an assistant professor of medicine at UConn Health in Farmington, Conn.

In her research, data of two hundred and fourteen school-aged children who were part of a clinical trial was collected. Asthma was found in them but wasn’t much severe, they had only mild to moderate Asthma. And those having moderate Asthma should inhale corticosteroids daily, the treatment that was mentioned in the research.

Researchers also took nasal samples two times, once when the Asthma wasn’t severe and was controlled and once when the outburst of severe Asthma was seen in them. The researchers consider it a yellow zone when Asthma flare-ups in kids.

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Research shows that the kids having beforehand alarms of Asthma flare-up have more chances to get Asthma and the diseases that are linked with the microbes found in the upper-airway especially, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Moraxella.

The kids having well-controlled Asthma, tolerable bacterias like Corynebacterium and Dolosigranulum were found in their upper-airway. All these findings of their research were published in the Journal Communications.

Dr. Zhou finds that the microbiome found in the gut can be affected by some environmental factors, in which the most important factors are diet, we take daily and excessive use of antibiotics.

Not only these two factors but also breastfeeding and vaginal delivery can affect the kid’s microbiome from their birth. Both of these two factors nails the newborn kids to the immune-stimulating gut bacteria of their mothers. But the research that was taken by Dr. Yanjiao Zhou and her colleagues didn’t know too much that how the upper-air microbiomes can be controlled.

But the studies taken recently show that upper-air bacterias cant be good in any case in case of Asthma. Researchers are still unable to find the real cause of Asthma activity but at the same time, researchers hope to find the real cause and the better treatment ways in the future.



Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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