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Efffect of Aeroallergen Sensitization on Asthma Control in African-American Teens with Persistent Asthma
Burbank, A., S. Grabich, K. Todoric, M. Frye, L. Celia, K. Duncan, C. Robinette, K. Mills, D. Peden, D. Diaz-Sanchez, AND M. Hernandez. Efffect of Aeroallergen Sensitization on Asthma Control in African-American Teens with Persistent Asthma. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology , Arlington Heights, IL, 117(4):442-444, (2016).
The study examined African-American children with difficult to treat asthma. The findings suggest that in addition to guidelines-directed asthma therapies, targeting the allergic component, particularly tree and weed pollen, is critical to achieving optimal asthma control in this at-risk population.
In African-American adolescents with persistent asthma, allergic profile predicted the likelihood of having poorly controlled asthma despite guidelines-directed therapies. Our results suggest that tree and weed pollen sensitization are independent risk factors for poorly controlled asthma in this at-risk population.