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Allergy must also be a factor

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 02 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:629
  1. Thomas A E Platts-Mills,
  2. Gary P Rakes,
  3. Peter W Heymann
  1. Head, division of allergy and clinical immunology Assistant professor of paediatrics Associate professor of paediatrics University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Department of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA

    EDITOR,--Sebastian L Johnston and colleagues from Southampton report impressive data supporting an association between viral infections (predominantly rhinoviruses) and exacerbations of asthma among children of school age.1 The association they observed was so strong that it is not surprising that they imply that there could be a causal relation between viral infection and exacerbations of asthma. They recognise that the argument that rhinoviruses could cause exacerbations of asthma is not new. They do not, however, mention that there have been …

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