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This study has now been completed and is closed. We found that the prevalence of alcohol-induced upper (runny nose and/or nasal congestion) respiratory reactions in patients with
AERD was 75% and the prevalence of alcohol-induced lower (wheezing and/or shortness of breath) respiratory reactions in AERD was 51%. These reactions were generally not specific to one type of alcohol and often occurred after ingestion of only a few sips of alcohol. Therefore we concluded that alcohol ingestion causes respiratory reactions in the majority of patients with AERD, and clinicians should be aware that these alcohol-induced reactions are significantly more common in AERD than in controls who are aspirin tolerant.

The results of the study have been published in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology: In Practice, and are available here:

“Alcohol-induced Respiratory Symptoms Are Common in Patients With Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease”.

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