Intravenous Immunoglobulin minimizes insensitivity to steroidsPeople suffering from severe asthma and insensitive to steroids require less of the medication and spend less time in the hospital when compared with those using intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in conjunction with steroids. This finding was disclosed by a research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Researchers were of the view that IVIG increases the sensitivity of the lungs to steroids in part by minimizing lung inflammation.

Erwin Gelfand, M.D., a pediatric immunology and asthma specialist and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Medical and Research Center, said he has noticed asthmatic patients who required high doses of steroids in order to control the disease.