A family history of asthma and a patient’s history of atopic dermatitis can predict the likelihood of a hospital stay for the disease, according to a small study. This information can help determine which children are at risk, the authors say. In addition, the data will help to adjust the treatment or allow attention to the problem before the situation becomes serious.
Admission to the hospital due to a severe deterioration in well-being may include a stay in the intensive care unit, longer stays in the hospital, increased use of medications and oxygen therapy. Scientists have investigated the relationship between medical history, allergic reactions and the hospital stay of a child after an asthma attack. . The study included thirty-nine children aged 1-17 who were admitted to Los Angeles Children’s Hospital for asthma. The median age in the cohort was seven years, and 56% of the children were Hispanics. The researchers looked at factors such as medications used for control, and family, medical, atopic, and environmental history factors. The children were tested for allergies to grass, dust, insects, dog, cat, mold, ragweed, and other common allergens, but no significant association was found between allergy and the level of treatment required in the hospital. A family history of asthma was more common in patients admitted to the intensive care unit than in those who were simply hospitalized (62% versus 14%). In addition, the presence of atopic dermatitis was associated with longer hospital stays and medication use: for patients with no history of eczema, the average length of hospital stay was three days, and for patients with a history of eczema, four. In this study suggests risk factors that may be associated with more severe hospitalization due to asthma. The association between eczema and asthma in this study is interesting, the authors say. Atopic dermatitis is a systemic disease, and inflammation is linked to multiple organ systems. If these findings are confirmed in a larger study, doctors will look to children with eczema when admitted to the hospital or even the emergency room, as these patients are at risk of a longer stay. in the hospital. This could affect their treatment and early intervention. Given that a family history of asthma has also shown that there is an association between the disease and length of stay in the intensive care unit, this issue should be addressed. The team is recruiting patients for a larger study to confirm the results .