COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung disease that is progressive and often makes breathing difficult for the patients, this is as reported by U.S. News (09/05).
In the study, researchers looked at more than 1,400 patients with COPD. They found that people with allergies are more likely to experience shortness of breath, cough, cough with phlegm, or even often wake up at night. Not only that, COPD patients who have allergies are also likely to exhibit serious symptoms so they need antibiotics and visits to the doctor more often.
Research conducted by scientists at Johns Hopkins University has been published online on May 10th in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Research shows that by treating allergic or find things that can trigger allergies, it can reduce the severity of respiratory problems in COPD patients, said Dr. Nadia Hansel, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center in Baltimore.
Hansel added that the current guidelines do not explain COPD and allergic problems related to the more severe symptoms of COPD. Therefore, further research is needed to clarify the link and allergic effects in COPD.