War Related Allergies

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Dr. Szema, chief of allergy at Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, N.Y. has done research on U.S. soldiers who have served in Iraq and may be at increased risk of developing allergies.

A review of the medical records of more than 6,000 soldiers shows that those who were deployed to the Persian Gulf were about twice as likely to have newly diagnosed allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies) after discharge, compared with those who were stationed stateside.