Journal article

Interventions for escalation of therapy for acute exacerbations of asthma in children: an overview of Cochrane Reviews.

Simon S Craig, Stuart R Dalziel, Colin Ve Powell, Andis Graudins, Franz E Babl, Carole Lunny

Cochrane Database Syst Rev | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Asthma is an illness that commonly affects adults and children, and it serves as a common reason for children to attend emergency departments. An asthma exacerbation is characterised by acute or subacute worsening of shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, and chest tightness and may be triggered by viral respiratory infection, poor compliance with usual medication, a change in the weather, or exposure to allergens or irritants. Most children with asthma have mild or moderate exacerbations and respond well to first-line therapy (inhaled short-acting beta-agonists and systemic corticosteroids). However, the best treatment for the small proportion of seriously ill children who do not..

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