How are Food Allergy and Asthma Related?

Can food allergy cause asthma? I believe so because as per my experience, when I happen to eat certain types of food that I’m allergic to, I begin to exhibit some asthmatic reactions. It starts with having difficulty breathing and before long, it’s already an asthma.

Food allergy and asthma are conditions that can be closely associated. There are food allergies that cause asthma patterns which may be delayed or immediate. The delayed asthma reaction can lead to bronchitis and/or chronic asthma while the immediate reactions can be life threatening, dramatic, and sudden.

With that said, asthma as a result of allergy can be triggered either by food sources or airborne. To treat asthma. one possible choice is to remove the cause through changing the diet and improving the air quality. It is also possible to treat asthma by treating the symptoms and altering the patient to tolerate the cause.

Oftentimes, asthma is known as an allergy that’s airborne. But it is also possible that it is foodborne. How does this happen? When a person eats a certain food that he or she is allergic to, the food allergens gets incorporated into the bloodstream and triggers the immune mediators’ release. These chemicals then causes various reactions such as bronchial muscle constriction. This is already the start of an asthma attack. You will slowly feel the tightness of airflow in your bronchial tubes. You’re already having a noisy and prolonged expiration. This obstructive, inflammatory phase is an important mechanism associated with chronic asthma.

Giving antibiotics to patients who are allergic to certain foods when the allergic symptoms are very similar to infections will not be helpful at all. It can actually increase the risk of advance allergic reactions. With repeated and prolonged use of antibiotics, there are patients who had long-standing deterioration.

What might be more productive for asthma sufferers is the complete revision of his diet. With this change, it is possible to remove the chronic symptoms. It would involve though a broad management plan that includes solving your food allergy, toxicity, airborne allergy, and providing appropriate medication when certain preventive efforts are unsuccessful.

Seek out the help of specialized doctors when you change your diet plan. He can help you identify which foods are causing your allergic reactions. Once identified, he can now recommend a new diet plan that is designed to help you stay away from certain foods. This may take some time and you would need to visit your doctor again and again. But, according to some patients, the results are quite effective and worth the trouble.

If you’re willing to start this type of treatment for your asthma, don’t do it without proper diagnosis and recommendation of your doctor.

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