Health Watch — Infection: Breathing Problems

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about infections. Previously, we talked about how important it is to know the cause of an infection and ways doctors may determine that. Knowing the cause may also be important for treating asthma. While a lot of asthma is caused by allergies, it can also be caused by lung infections that linger.

Dr. Robert Hardy, an infectious disease specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the kind of pneumonia commonly called  “walking pneumonia” can be a factor in causing asthma and in making asthma worse. The bacteria that causes this illness can be difficult to kill, and it may linger in the lungs even after treatment. Different kinds of treatment may be needed for asthma caused by pneumonia. 


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April 2007

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