a man having an asthma attack using an inhaler, hoarseness from Advair

Asthma is often perceived as a life-long condition that cannot be cured. Millions of people are prescribed corticosteroid drugs and bronchodilators for years if not for decades. Many absolutely must take such medications to keep airways open and avoid ending up in the emergency department. Others, however, may be suffering from an inflammatory reaction triggered by a smoldering infection. This reader shares a story about actually curing asthma:

Curing Asthma with Antifungal Meds?

Q. Several years ago, I developed asthma. I really thought that I would die from it one day. If I was late with my inhaler, I would start to wheeze.

Fast forward to the following story. One day I saw the PA at my doctor’s office. I told her that I thought I might have a low-grade thrush infection in my mouth. She prescribed an antifungal oral troche. In less than 24 hours I was off my steroid inhalers, never to need them again. I have been symptom free for three years.

Is Curing Asthma Possible with Antifungal Medicine?

A. The underlying causes of asthma can be difficult to diagnose. Many people have breathing difficulties due to an allergic reaction. In some cases, the wheezing can be triggered by a fungal infection (Journal of Asthma, Sept. 2016).  Antifungal medication can be helpful in situations like yours.

Not The First Time We Have Heard This Story:

A few months ago we heard from a pharmacist who had a similar story to share. His wife developed asthma as a child. She suffered breathing problems for decades.

Then she developed nail fungus in middle age. Learn about her experience with Sporanox here:

Can You Cure Asthma With Antifungal Medicine?

You will also find out about some serious Sporanox (itraconazole) side effects at this link.

What About Bacterial Infections and Asthma?

Other research suggests that some hard-to-treat asthma cases could be related to a chronic bacterial infection in the airways (Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America, Aug. 2016).  A placebo-controlled trial found that antibiotic treatment with azithromycin helped patients with persistent and challenging asthma (Lancet, Aug. 12, 2017).

The Australian researchers concluded that:

“…add-on therapy with azithromycin is effective and safe in adult patients with uncontrolled asthma despite treatment with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists.”

You can learn more about the Australian AMAZES clinical trial at this link:

Azithromycin for Asthma AMAZES

In the above comment section, you will read a thoughtful exchange about a link with this kind of macrolide antibiotic and hearing loss.

Reader Stories:

It is crucial to understand that not all asthma is related to infection. Some is caused by allergy. Other cases are brought on by cold air or exercise. There is a lot we do not understand about asthma.

It is also important to rule any underlying causative factors. Treating symptoms without resolving the reasons for those symptoms can also be problematic. Here are some readers who have shared their experienced.

Sherry in Charlotte, NC did get long-lasting benefit from an antibiotic:

“Finally, after a year of extreme asthma symptoms that were not helped by Advair, etc. and CT scan, my pulmonologist finally prescribed long term azithromycin. I was told to take 3 pills a week over 6 months. Beginning at week 4, I already felt better. I no longer needed a rescue inhaler. I still have a long way to go.”

Sunni noticed benefit after several months:

“Yes, it works! I suffered with adult-onset ‘asthma’ for 8 years. It started after a chest cold one fall. I was always suspicious that it was actually a chronic infection. No doctor would listen.

“It took me years to find a doctor who was willing to try a multi-antibiotic long term treatment. It took several months of a combination of azithromycin and doxycycline, then a month of amoxicillin and doxycycline to finally nip it in the bud. But now it’s been a year since the antibiotics and no more asthma! No more meds!”

Sherri in Kansas shares her son’s story:

“My son was cured of moderate asthma after twelve years of suffering with asthma attacks. Zithromax works. My five year old grandson is now being treated with Zithromax for mild asthma. He says he feels like a new person already and his treatment still has a few weeks to go.”

Diane got benefit after antibiotics post flu:

“I know that I was cured of asthma after many years on Proventil and Advair. I had the flu and subsequently 2 treatments with Zithromax. After that, no asthma. That was about 8 years ago.”

Antibiotics Have Side Effects:

No one should try to badger a physician into prescribing antibiotics for asthma. Drugs like azithromycin have some serious side effects and a doctor must weight them carefully before prescribing such a treatment regimen. But doctors also have the responsibility to stay up with the latest scientific studies.

You can learn more about a connection between infection and asthma in the book, A Cure for Asthma? by Dr. David Hahn. It is available at www.PeoplesPharmacy.com. There are also a list of side effects to watch out for with azithromycin. Dr. Hahn offers a dosing regimen for physicians to consider. Doctors may find the scientific research cited in the book of great interest.

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  1. thai

    I’ve had mild bronchiectasis for many years. At one time it was much worse, until the on-duty urgent care doctor prescribed a different antibiotic than my PCP had tried one Sunday night when I was very sick. An infection of several years’ standing was gone! I can still get lung infections requiring quick antibiotic treatment if a cold goes into my lungs. The coughing and mucus production from even a mild cold can take 2+ months to stop completely.

    I would urge anyone with lung infections or productive coughs that don’t let up, with or without wheezing, to learn about bronchiectasis. There are support groups on-line with members who are incredibly knowledgeable about the right drugs to treat lung exacerbations. Often, bronchiectasis sufferers have persistent mold or fungal infections in addition to bacterial infections because their lungs can’t bring mucus up to be eliminated, allowing it to pool and grow out of control in the moist environment in lungs. They often take an 18 mo. course of treatment for molds and fungus, although many times it “colonizes” and can’t be completely cured. Always research on your own if symptoms and cures don’t fit the standard diagnosis!

  2. Hank

    Would apple cider vinegar help with fungal infections in the lungs?

  3. mary

    Are there any thoughts that asthma might possibly occur due to flu vaccines? Triggered?
    Thank you

  4. Kent

    The Z-pack for 12 weeks stopped it for 2 years but returned.

  5. Carole
    Sydney, Australia

    Well, hello! This particular penny has not dropped with many GPs. As many naturopaths and podiatrists know, many are the YEAST and FUNGAL diseases that cause chronic diseases that MDs even specialists refuse to treat. You cannot get a long course of Nystatin/Itraconazole (sporanox) out of a doc for love or money. This Nystatin (2million units per day)/Itraconazole (200mg per day) combination cures Dyshidrosis, IBS, asthema, Crohns, and some eczemas and psoriasis, and the occasional case of acne.

    GPs will tell you that fungal diseases only occur in immune compromised individuals. But if you investigate, you will find all yeasts and fungi live on glucose. We eat way too much glucose nowadays. Podiatrists know better. Unfortunately only in the USA do podiatrists have prescribing rights. Fortunately, many of these anti-fungal medications are over the counter in South America and the Middle East.

  6. Kim

    Been fight a chronic cough since 1994 that begins after a cold (which can be any time of year) and lasts about 6 weeks. Except that last winter it lasted 6 months and included voice changes that still haven’t resolved. I’m on week 10 of this winter’s cough. ENT diagnosed 29 severe respiratory allergies but changing environment doesn’t help. He also diagnosed GERD but 24 hour test never got below 5.5. Also, only med that helps is Vicodin which I’m not willing to take.

    Currently on Breo, Nasacort, nasalcrom, allegra, Ventolin, singular, zantac, halls, mucinex, dextromethorafam, halls, as well as lemon lavender peppermint oil, and digestin oil. About to add benzontonate to see if it helps. Oh and supposed to take omeprazole but a week at max dose didn’t help and I didn’t want to continue. I’d love to drop all of the above.

  7. Jerry
    La Habra, CA

    This touches the subject of the narrow-mindness of the dogma: “No treatment without diagnosis!” and the concept “diagnosis by treatment”. Diagnosis of fungus in, say, bronchi, in the standard way, either positive or negative, is meaningless: collection of the sample often misses the location, positive result are doubtful due to presence of spores everywhere. But a dose of Fluconazole answers the question. Same with many other difficult to diagnose diseases. My wife had extreme fatigue for years. An old doctor said: “Your all diagnoses are all right. There is a chance though you may have a deficiency of a hormone, which is difficult to diagnose, but easy to try. I will give you that hormone and we will see.” The fatigue has been gone for twenty years now. We need to revise that dogma.

  8. Tracy H.
    Glosser City, NJ

    Just looking to see if it’s really true.

  9. carol

    Does this have any studies with COPD or are they different entities?

    • Terry Graedon

      They are different entities, even though doctors treat them with many of the same drugs.

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