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COPD

13 May 2013

Allergies may boost severity of lung disease

Study finds hay fever increases frequency of respiratory problems in COPD patients.

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.

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.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 

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