JOSEPH H. FRIES, M.D., F.A.C.P.; STANFORD BORNE, M.D.
It is common knowledge that upper respiratory and other bacterial infections may have an adverse effect on the course of chronic allergic symptomatology. This effect is a recurrent theme in the medical literature.1-4 Less well annotated is the temporary clearance of intractable allergic symptoms which may result from an acute intercurrent infection.5-7
Thirty-two atopic children, while under our observation, showed a temporary remission of their allergic symptoms following a viral or bacterial infection. An integration of our cases with some of those previously reported in the literature emphasizes the veracity of this phenomenon.
During the past several years
FRIES JH, BORNE S. REMISSION OF INTRACTABLE ALLERGIC SYMPTOMS BY ACUTE INTERCURRENT INFECTIONS(REMISSION OF INTRACTABLE ALLERGIC SYMPTOMS BY ACUTE INTERCURRENT INFECTIONS*). Ann Intern Med. 1953;38:928–934. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-38-5-928
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;38(5):928-934.
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