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How do other illnesses affect catarrh?

Other illnesses, such as HIV infection, weaken the immune system, making a person more susceptible to infections that cause catarrh. Some illnesses might also prevent people from using various medications--people with diabetes may not be able to take some decongestants, and people with asthma may be warned off nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. Other illnesses that affect the sinus region will only worsen the discomfort of catarrh.

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