TITLE

IS IT TRUE THAT FOOD ALLERGIES CAN AFFECT ASTHMA?

AUTHOR(S)
Brostoff, Jonathan; Gamlin, Linda
PUB. DATE
January 1999
SOURCE
Asthma: The Complete Guide;1999, p179
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the effect of food allergies on asthma. Food can certainly affect some asthmatics, but this is not necessarily food allergy. It may be a direct reaction to food additives such as sulphites or it could be food intolerance. If you have a true food allergy, this produces a very prompt and unmistakable reaction to the offending food, so you will probably have made your own diagnosis long ago. The best treatment is to avoid the food completely. You may need to carry an adrenaline syringe in case you eat the food by mistake and you should be familiar with the signs of anaphylactic shock. Where children suffer from food allergies, and others in the family eat the offending food, it is important to keep kitchen surfaces clear of the food. Read labels on packet food very carefully, and be extremely cautious about food in restaurants and cafés. Learning more about food allergy could be a lifesaver.
ACCESSION #
18537239

 

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