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Those with allergic asthma face double trouble during flu season,
findings suggest

May 28, 2010

New research from UT Southwestern Medical Center suggests that
allergic reactions to pet dander, dust mites and mold may prevent
people with allergic asthma from generating a healthy immune response
to respiratory viruses such as influenza.



"Our findings imply that the better your asthma is controlled, the
more likely you are to have an appropriate response to a virus," said
Dr. Michelle Gill, assistant professor of pediatrics and internal
medicine at UT Southwestern and lead author of the study appearing
online and in the June edition of the Journal of Immunology. "When
individuals with asthma come in contact with an allergic trigger and a
respiratory virus, the allergen may actually interfere with the immune
response to the virus. This interruption in the antiviral response may
contribute to exacerbations of asthma that are commonly associated
with respiratory viral infections."

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