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.
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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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