Many people have both allergic rhinitis and asthma. If you have an allergy, you are more likely to get asthma, and allergic rhinitis can make your asthma symptoms worse if you already have asthma. When asthma is made worse by allergies, it is known as allergic asthma.
Some experts now consider the two conditions to be one inflammatory disease involving a common airway rather than two distinct diseases. Research is ongoing. Four ideas on how allergic rhinitis and asthma might be linked are as follows:
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology|
|Last Revised||June 30, 2011|