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Food Allergies May Trigger Asthma Attacks

Food Allergies May Trigger Asthma Attacks

Food allergies (FAs) may increase the risk for asthma attacks. The results of a study were reported in the November issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

“Our study suggests that food allergies may be an important factor, and even an under-recognized trigger for severe asthma exacerbations,” lead study author Andrew H. Liu, MD, from National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, said in a news release. “People with a food allergy and asthma should closely monitor both conditions and be aware that they might be related.”

The study goals were to obtain nationally representative estimates of the prevalence of FAs and to evaluate associations of FAs with asthma, hay fever, and eczema.

As part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2005-2006, 8203 participants underwent measurement of serum IgE specific for peanut, cow’s milk, egg white, and shrimp.

“This study is very comprehensive in its scope,” said senior study author Darryl Zeldin, MD, acting clinical director at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). “It is the first study to use specific blood serum levels and look at food allergies across the whole life spectrum, from young children aged 1 to 5 to adults 60 and older.”

J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010;126:798-806.
Source: Medscape Medical News

Information on related tests can be found at
The Basic Food Allergen Profile with the following allergens can help you:
Beef; chocolate; corn; egg (whole); fish/shell mix; milk (cow); peanut; pork; soybean; wheat.

Dr. Andrew Lange served as Chair of the Department of Homeopathic Medicine and Supervising Clinical Physician at Bastyr University in Seattle. He is the author of Getting to the Root: Treating the Deepest Source of Disease. He is the Medical Director at and practices in Boulder, Colorado. For more information go to

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