by Kim Cathen

No wheezing matter

Allergies may worsen respiratory health issues

No wheezing matter
Allergies may worsen respiratory health issues

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe.

In a 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 a 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 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.

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.

 

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