Current Allergy and Asthma Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 232–237

Relationships between atopy and bacterial infections

  • Samantha M. Mucha
  • Fuad M. Baroody

DOI: 10.1007/s11882-003-0045-2

Cite this article as:
Mucha, S.M. & Baroody, F.M. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep (2003) 3: 232. doi:10.1007/s11882-003-0045-2


Atopy in its most common forms (asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis) has a significant impact on society in terms of health care costs and quality of life. Aside from having significant morbidity from these diseases, patients with atopy have also been noted to have a high incidence of comorbidities, including bacterial infections such as otitis media and sinusitis. In this paper, current evidence is reviewed that supports the close associations among allergic rhinitis and the two commonly diagnosed bacterial diseases, otitis media and sinusitis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samantha M. Mucha
    • 1
  • Fuad M. Baroody
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryThe Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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