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What is AERD?

Aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD), also known as Samter’s Triad, is a chronic medical condition that consists of three clinical features:

  • Asthma
  • Sinus disease with recurrent nasal polyps, and
  • Sensitivity to aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Many people with AERD also experience chronic sinus infections and a loss of sense of smell.

AERD typically develops in adulthood, usually between the ages of 20 and 50. There is no clearly recognized trigger that causes AERD; it’s not believed to be an inherited disorder.

Symptoms may include nasal congestion, itchy and red eyes, coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, headache or sinus pressure, nausea, abdominal pain, a skin rash and alcohol intolerance.

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Don’t let Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD) Take Your Breath Away!
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Dr. Tanya Laidlaw

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