Journal article

Sensitisation to airborne moulds and severity of asthma: cross sectional study from European Community respiratory health survey.

Mahmoud Zureik, Catherine Neukirch, Bénédicte Leynaert, Renata Liard, Jean Bousquet, Françoise Neukirch, undefined European Community Respiratory Health Survey

British Medical Journal | Published : 2002


OBJECTIVE: To assess whether the severity of asthma is associated with sensitisation to airborne moulds rather than to other seasonal or perennial allergens. DESIGN: Multicentre epidemiological survey in 30 centres. SETTING: European Community respiratory health survey. PARTICIPANTS: 1132 adults aged 20-44 years with current asthma and with skin prick test results. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Severity of asthma according to score based on forced expiratory volume in one second, number of asthma attacks, hospital admissions for breathing problems, and use of corticosteroids in past 12 months. RESULTS: The frequency of sensitisation to moulds (Alternaria alternata or Cladosporium herbarum, or both)..

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