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Why can some people with asthma not take aspirin?

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Some people with asthma can't take aspirin or NSAIDs because of what’s known as Samter’s triad -- a combination of asthma, aspirin sensitivity, and nasal polyps. Nasal polyps are small growths that form inside the nasal cavity. Many people with Samter's triad have nasal symptoms, such as runny nose, postnasal drip , and congestion, along with asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath.

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UptoDate Patient Information: "Trigger Avoidance in Asthma." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Asthma Triggers and Management."

McBride, J. published online Nov. 7, 2011Pediatrics, .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

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UptoDate Patient Information: "Trigger Avoidance in Asthma." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Asthma Triggers and Management."

McBride, J. published online Nov. 7, 2011Pediatrics, .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 03, 2018

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