Atopy in Childhood

Editor(s): International Committee of Paediatricians Annales Nestlé Vol.57 / 2,  1999
  • Asthma and Wheezy Bronchitis

    Author(s): E. Von Mutius

    Most surveys that have used similar methodologies to measure changes in the prevalence of wheezing and asthma in western, affluent countries report significant increases in the prevalence of childhood asthma for the last decades [1]. In most of these studies, prevalences were assessed by responses to questionnaires. Some included objective measures of factors known to be associated strongly with asthma such as airway hyperresponsiveness and atopic sensitization. Most also acknowledged that an increased awareness of allergic diseases by physicians and parents, and changes in diagnostic habits may have accounted, at least in part, for the rising trends [2].

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