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The connection between Food Allergies and Asthma

Food allergies and Asthma are both forms of acute forms of allergies caused by irritants that irritate our inner body system. Asthma may cause difficulty in breathing, chest pain, cough and wheezing while reaction to food substances can result in inflammatory reactions, nausea, vomiting, pain and sometimes, anaphylactic shocks which are lethal.

Then, What is the real connection between food allergies and asthma?

It has been observed that deaths caused by anaphylactic shocks in an allergic response to food, also showcased the individual being affected by Asthma. This proves, that there has to be some connection between the two. There exists a relation that needs for one to be careful and aware of the effects one of the symptoms has on others.

What causes Asthma and What are its symptoms?

Asthma is an inflammatory condition of the lungs affecting normal breathing. In an asthma attack, the bronchial tubes that draw air into your lungs are constricted due to spasms of the muscles surrounding them. Asthma is also caused by allergens that irritate the lungs, including, suspended matter in the air, cigarette smoke, industrial pollutants, stress, and illness. Symptoms of Asthma can range from mild to severe. Some of the symptoms are,

  • especially at night
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
Foods that can cause Asthma

There are specific foods are well known for eliciting asthma attack, like,

  • Dried fruits or vegetables
  • Potatoes (packaged and some prepared)
  • Wine and beer
  • Bottled lime or lemon juice
  • Shrimp (fresh, frozen, or prepared)
  • Pickled foods

It is a rare phenomenon, the much important connection with food allergy is the coupling of Asthma with Anaphylactic attack.

Anaphylaxis and Asthma

Asthma is related to anaphylaxis which is a life threatening symptom of allergic reaction, which is characterized by a shock.

The respiratory symptoms of anaphylaxis are similar to asthma. A person whose Asthmatic conditions are not under control, is at a high risk to lose his life through anaphylactic shock.

The symptoms for both Asthma and anaphylaxis are similar and may create a confusion. An asthma attack, which doesn't subside with prescribed medication might be indicative of an anaphylactic reaction. Hence, make sure to follow up your doctor's instruction to use your epinephrine and look out for assistance.

How can you treat Asthma and Food Allergy
  • Individuals with both the adversaries should contact their doctor and work out an asthma control plan. The plan should include, medicines targeting the symptoms causing asthma and other controllers.
  • In addition, keep rescue medication handy, for asthma along with your epinephrine to treat allergic reactions. In times of severe reactions, both of these would be required to prevent dreadful conditions.
  • Allergy skin testing can be done to determine if you are allergic to any food items. Avoiding those particular food is the best way to prevent asthma reactions.
  • Read food labels properly. Insure your food does not contain any of the allergens when going out.

Contact Information

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  • neeraj.arora@cmdsingapore.com

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