Overuse of antibiotics has been a frequently encountered problem. Antibiotics do not really alter the course of asthma exacerbation!
Very often physicians prescribe antibiotics when an asthmatic gets
an attack. Frequently patients expect to receive an antibiotics for their “bronchitis”. Physician’s insecurity as well as patient’s expectations are the reason for the high number of antibiotics being prescribed. There is an organized effort from medical community of the whole world to pay attention to the high number of resistant organism developing due to overuse of antibiotics.
Recent published data shows that even in those cases where the presence of a
bacterial infection was proven, the administration of an antibiotic did not make
a difference in asthma exacerbations, quality of life or lung functions between
those treated with or without antibiotics.
In majority of cases the exacerbations are due respiratory viral infections such as rhinovirus infection. Rarely these infections are due to an organism called mycoplasma. The current data shows that even in these cases antibiotics really did not make much of a difference. Based on these findings physicians are advised not to use antibiotics for patients with routine exacerbations. Physicians need to refrain from overuse of antibiotics in patients with asthma exacerbations.
For more information, visit: American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology