Asthma and allergy: short texts and recommendations of the expert conference of the French Speaking Pneumology Society (SPLF), in partnership with the French Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (SFAIC), the French Society of Occupational Medicine (SFMT) and the "Asthma-Allergy" association

Respir Med. 2008 Oct;102(10):1483-93. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2008.03.002. Epub 2008 Jul 21.


The Asthma Plan published by the French Health Ministry in 2002, the experts conferences edited by ANAES on therapeutic education and follow-up of asthma, the inclusion of this disease in the Public Health Law have been remarkable steps in France during the last few years. The medical community, more particularly the pneumological community, has shown its commitment in the treatment of this public health problem. But allergy was not sufficiently taken into account, although it is responsible for nearly 50 to 60% cases of asthma. In most so-called developed countries the prevalence of asthma and of allergies has increased in the last twenty years. Its progress varies according to country and age group: the increased prevalence of allergy, more specifically of rhinitis and eczema, is most marked in children aged 6-7 year. The prevalence of asthma seems to have reached a plateau in certain northern countries or seems to have decreased in 13-14 year olds (Anglo-Saxon countries). There were multiple reasons, generally attributed to changes in life-style. Asthma is the result of an interaction between a genetic predisposition and the environment, where allergens are present, but also smoking. The relationships between allergy and asthma are complex. This conference discussed the various essential issues that face doctors who treat patients with asthma in their daily practice. The risk factors, the methods of exploration in children and adults and the specific treatments are, indeed, essential issues to be evaluated in a frequent pathology that interests a large number of physicians. The variety of experts is wide, representing pneumology (French Speaking Pneumology Society), the occupational medicine world (French Society of Occupational Medicine), the allergic pathology (French Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology), and patients with the patient association "Asthma & Allergy", physicians belonging to the general medicine community, general hospitals, private hospitals and academic hospitals in France. The proposed guidelines are aimed at helping practitioners in distinguishing what is established from what remains to be demonstrated and/or assessed with respect to the different modalities for the exploration or treatment of allergic asthma.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Allergic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Asthma / drug therapy*
  • Asthma / immunology
  • Child
  • France
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity / drug therapy*
  • Hypersensitivity / immunology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution


  • Anti-Allergic Agents
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution