Antibiotics are no help in severe asthma: study

But they are associated with a longer hospital stay, higher costs and increased risk of diarrhoea
Reuters Health

Antibiotic therapy in patients with severe asthma flares has been shown to provide no additional benefit, according to the results of a large retrospective US analysis in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Guidelines do not recommend antibiotics for patients hospitalised with an asthma exacerbation — unless there are clear signs of infection.