Allergies can worsen symptoms of lung disease

05/12/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Researchers tracked more than 1,400 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients and found that those with allergies had worse respiratory symptoms and were more likely to experience exacerbations that led to antibiotics treatment or a hospital visit. "Given that allergic symptoms can cause morbidity in anyone, regardless of whether or not they have COPD, we would urge clinicians to remember to not ignore allergic symptoms in their patients with COPD," researchers said. The findings appeared in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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