Aspirin Allergy - Asthma Risk

Aspirin (extracted from Willow bark), is used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, lupus and certain other rheumatologic conditions. Nonprescription aspirin is used to reduce fever, mild to moderate pain and prevent heart attacks in people who have had a heart attack in the past.

Aspirin allergy symptoms are common and include symptoms like: hives, itchy skin, runny nose, red eyes, swelling of the lips, tongue or face, coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath and anaphylaxis. People with an aspirin allergy or sensitivity may also have a reaction to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve).

If you have asthma, nasal polyps, chronic sinusitis or chronic hives (urticaria), you are at increased risk of having a reaction to aspirin or NSAIDs. When a reaction occurs, it can worsen symptoms of these conditions. Certain genetic variants may also increase the likelihood of having an aspirin allergy.

Related to:
Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD), Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs-exacerbated respiratory disease (NERD), NSAIDS, Willow bark