Bacterial ‘slime’ discovery could pave way for new wet cough therapies

Until recently, no study has provided evidence of the prevalence of a biofilm in the lower airways
Child with cough

Prolonged wet cough in children can be tricky to treat, with recurrent bouts of bronchitis a frustration for parents and GPs.

It’s been suspected for a while that children with persistent chest infections might be harbouring highly antibiotic-resistant biofilm in their lower airways, putting them at greater risk of bronchiectasis.