Asthma Exacerbations: Triggers and Treatment

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Asthma exacerbations can be triggered by many different factors, commonly allergens, respiratory infections, environmental irritants, smoke exposure, and anxiety or stress. Bacterial infections, such as Chlamydia and Mycoplasma, infrequently contribute to asthma exacerbations. Exacerbations are usually treated with medications like beta agonists and corticosteroids. Antibiotic usage is only recommended if co-morbid conditions are present, such as suspicion of bacterial sinusitis, evidence of pneumonia, or purulent sputum.


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Downs, Elissa. (2010). Asthma Exacerbations: Triggers and Treatment. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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