Food allergy and asthma.


Journal Article (Review)

Food allergy and asthma commonly co-exist in the same patient with approximately one-third of children with food allergy having asthma. When both atopic conditions are present a food allergic patient is placed at greater risk of having a fatal reaction from food allergen exposure. For this reason asthma should be diligently managed in a food allergic patient and these patients should be carefully instructed on allergen avoidance and the proper use of self-injectable epinephrine. This review summarises the available literature regarding patients with both food allergy and asthma specifically looking at disease prevalence, IgE-mediated effects on the lower respiratory tract secondary to foods, the interplay of food additives and asthma, and food allergy as a risk factor for asthma morbidity with practical applications for clinicians.

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Cited Authors

  • Bird, JA; Burks, AW

Published Date

  • December 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 258 - 265

PubMed ID

  • 19588055

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19588055

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1475-1534

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-4418

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4104/pcrj.2009.00036


  • eng