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Children with Asthma are Being Prescribed Antibiotics

Children who have asthma are likely to be prescribed antibiotics even though there is no supportive evidence that shows that they need them. If people are prescribed antibiotics when they don’t need them, this can lead to a rise in drug-resistant infections and it can also be very unnecessary as well. Researchers show that their own results may show that the symptoms are mistaken for lung infections and that in

some instances, the antibiotics are being prescribed as a preventative measure.

A study was done on this and the researchers found that those who had asthma were 1.6 times more likely to be given antibiotics when compared to those who do not have asthma at all. They also found that antibiotic prescription rates were two times higher in the UK when compared to the other countries that were involved in the study.

Researchers noticed that the pattern of overprescribing antibiotics can lead to the same happening in other countries. It can be very difficult for a GP to know the difference in the symptoms of asthma when compared to other bacterial infections and it is true that those who have asthma are more likely to be diagnosed with infections as well.

Of course, if this carries on then the repercussions could be very dire indeed and there is no telling how serious this could get if it is not stopped soon. Doctors need to make sure that they do not continue to meet this very high level of antibiotic prescription but they also need to make sure that they take into account the needs of the patient and whether they have asthma or an infection. Of course, only time will tell if this situation is resolved and whether or not it is too late already.