Illustration of a lung Xray with doctors looking it over, and aspirin on the ground to symbolize AERD

VIENNA, VA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 – Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD) is becoming more recognized as a chronic medical condition. Patient advocacy organizations continue to lead efforts to raise awareness of the disease.

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Allergy & Asthma Network and the Samter’s Society announce that AERD Awareness Day this year is Sunday, Sept. 26. The theme for AERD Awareness Day is “Getting the Right Diagnosis.” It is often difficult for patients to find healthcare professionals trained in AERD. Many times this results in a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis.

The purpose of AERD Awareness Day is to encourage doctors and patients to stay vigilant in identifying, understanding and managing the condition. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some symptoms of AERD, including loss of sense of smell, are also symptoms of COVID-19. Talk with your doctor about getting tested regularly.

AERD involves asthma, nasal polyps and a sensitivity to aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). It affects approximately 1.2 million to 1.6 million people in the United States. Also known as Samter’s Triad, AERD often develops in adulthood, usually between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms may not respond to conventional treatments.

AERD Awareness Day began in 2018 with a fundraiser to promote clinical research of the condition. Allergy & Asthma Network and Samter’s Society will distribute educational resources in print and online. They will also provide posters for allergists, asthma educators, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals.

For more on AERD Awareness Day, visit these web resources:

  • Allergy & Asthma Network’s AERD webpage (org/AERD)
  • Samter’s Society webpage (org/)
  • AERD Awareness Day webpage (aerd.info)

Please consider donating to the AERD research fundraiser.

About Allergy & Asthma Network

Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading nonprofit patient outreach, education, advocacy and research organization for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions. Our patient-centered network unites individuals, families, caregivers, health professionals, industry partners and government decision makers to improve health and quality of life for people with asthma and allergies. We specialize in making medically accurate information understandable to all while promoting evidence-based standards of care. Visit AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org.

About Samter’s Society

The Samter’s Society is a patient-run disease advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness of Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease and helping patients access resources to manage the disease. Join our patient support group to connect with other patients and follow us on social media to learn more about AERD and stay up to date on the latest news and research. Also be sure to visit our website at samterssociety.org.

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