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Azithromycin Worked Against Hard-to-Treat Asthma

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Q. I had hard-to-treat asthma for years and was referred to an allergist who prescribed the antibiotic azithromycin. After I finished the first course, with some improvement, he prescribed another round. When I finished the second course, my asthma disappeared as suddenly as it had come on. I no longer have to use an inhaler.

A. Some cases of hard-to-treat asthma may result from a persistent lung infection (Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, online, Oct. 3, 2013). Certain bacteria that are hard to diagnose or treat can cause wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing and other symptoms of asthma.

We have just published a book by David L. Hahn, MD, MS, about using azithromycin for asthma treatment. The book, A Cure for Asthma? What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You--and Why, is available at PeoplesPharmacy.com.

Another reader offered this report: "I heard about the extended use of antibiotics for asthma and convinced my doctor to try it. I improved my lung function dramatically and now eighteen months later only need my corticosteroid inhaler if I hang out with smokers. My doctor was amazed at the results we achieved with the antibiotic."

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My son was prone to asthma, and pneumonia caused by exposures to molds, in his work place. He often had to take Zithromax to clear up the frequent pneumonia. He changed jobs so he could avoid the mold problems. His asthma is much better then it was, and he is no longer using asthma medication.

Our son who is now 42, was chronic asthmatic as a child. He was always treated with prednisone and bronchodilators for his asthma, as well as breathing treatments. He was hospitalized on several occasions. However, I would ask the doctor to put him on antibiotics as they always relieved his symptoms. The doctor would scoff at me and make me feel unqualified to make a suggestion. I AM SO GLAD to read your article in today's paper.

I have had asthma for almost 60 years. I never got it unless I had a lung infection. Antibiotics have always cleared up the asthma symptoms. I have learned to ask for a sputum culture any time I need to see a Dr about this. Sadly people with asthma are susceptible to a fungal infection called aspergillosis. I contracted this about 6 years ago. In this situation the usual antibiotics do not work. I find curcumin to be very effective at relieving the inflammation now. The drug used to treat severe allergic broncho pulmonary aspergillosis is Spornax

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