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Atopic Dermatitis in Infants: Early Antihistamine Therapy Prevents Progression to Asthma


While by no means a final solution to a vexing problem, antihistamine therapy for infants with atopic dermatitis is showing promise for delaying or even preventing progression to asthma. The protective effect is especially apparent in infants who are sensitive to house dust mite, grass pollen, or both.


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