oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Cockroach allergy in Durban : review article

Volume 27, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



I joined the Allergy Clinic at Red Cross Children's Hospital (RXH) in Cape Town in 1990, as a senior registrar. I was privileged to work with Prof Weinberg, Potter and Motala, the doyens of allergology in South Africa. I joined the discipline in an era when childhood asthma was treated mainly with Sodium Cromogylgate. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) were not yet widely advocated as first line treatment for the management of childhood asthma. There were safety concerns regarding their use in children and studies were not robust enough concerning their safety profile. The only ICS available then, was inhaled beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) and there were concerns regarding its growth stunting effects in children particularly at high doses.

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