Effect of negative ionisation of inspired air on the response of asthmatic children to exercise and inhaled histamine

I. Ben-Dov, I. Amirav, M. Shochina, I. Amitai, E. Bar-Yishay, S. Godfrey

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To evaluate the effect of negative ionisation of inspired air on bronchial reactivity, 11 asthmatic children were challenged twice by exercise and 10 were challenged twice by histamine inhalation. The children breathed negatively ionised air (4 × 105 - 10 × 105 ions/cm 3) or control room air in random order in a double-blind fashion. All challenges were matched in terms of basal lung function and the exercise ests were matched in terms of ventilation and respiratory heat loss. Exercise-induced asthma was significantly attenuated by exposure to negatively ionized air, the mean postexercise fall in one-second forced expiratory volume (FEV1) being 29% (SE 5%) of the initial value after the control and 21% (3%) after the ionised air test (p < 0.02). Ten of the 11 subjects developed less exercise-induced asthma while breathing ionised air. Although the median dose of histamine (cumulative breath units) which caused a constant fall in FEV, for each individual was higher with the ionised air challenge than with the control challenge the difference was not significant. Five of the 10 subjects were less sensitive to histamine and the other five more sensitive when breathing ionised air. It is concluded that negative onisation of inspired air can modulate the bronchial response to exercise but the effect on the response to histamine is much more variable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)584-588
Number of pages5
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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