Allergies May Boost Severity of Lung Disease05/10/13
FRIDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Hay fever and similar
allergies increase the frequency and severity of respiratory
problems in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD), a new study shows.
COPD is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to
In this study, researchers looked at more than 1,400 patients
with COPD, and found that those with allergies were much more
likely than those without allergies to wheeze, to have chronic
cough and chronic phlegm, to awake during the night because of
cough, and to have a worsening of COPD symptoms that required
antibiotics or a visit to the doctor.
The study by the Johns Hopkins University researchers was
published online May 10 in the
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care
The findings suggest that treating allergies or avoiding allergy
triggers may help reduce the number and severity of respiratory
problems in people with COPD, Dr. Nadia Hansel, an associate
professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy
Center in Baltimore, said in a journal news release.
She added that current COPD treatment guidelines do not deal
with the management of allergies and said additional research of
the link between allergies and COPD is needed.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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