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Keywords:

  • asthma;
  • salicylate intolerance;
  • urticaria

Summary

We report three patients with disabling salicylate-induced intolerance who experienced abrogation of symptoms following dietary supplementation with ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). All three patients experienced severe urticaria, asthma requiring systemic steroid therapy and anaphylactic reactions. After dietary supplementation with 10 g daily of fish oils rich in ω-3 PUFAs for 6–8 weeks all three experienced complete or virtually complete resolution of symptoms allowing discontinuation of systemic corticosteroid therapy. Symptoms relapsed after dose reduction. Fish oil appears a safe and effective treatment for this difficult and often serious condition.