Could some foods make asthma worse?

What are the common foods that make asthma bad?

If a childs asthma is mild to moderate, and has no other health problems then there is only a small likelihood that food sensitivities will play a part. In these cases more success is likely to be found by looking at other areas such as house dust mites and pets.

If there are other symptoms apart from the asthma, such as digestive complaints, nausea, constipation, diarrheoa, mouth ulcers, headaches, migraines, water retention, aching muscles, glue ear, vague feeling of being unwell, then suspect a food intolerance.

If you note that a particular food, or foods, make asthma attacks worse thenyou can suspect other foods as well because if one intolerance exists it is common for others to occur alongside it.

The most common foods to cause problems are those which are most commonly eaten including dairy foods (milk, cheese, yoghurt), wheat based foods (bread, pasta, cake biscuits), citrus fruit (especially oranges), soya based foods and eggs.

In the case of brittle asthma, which is the most severe kind of asthma, as many of 60 per cent respond to food intolerance investigations. However great caution needs to be exercised as the risk of a potentially dangerous asthma attack is greater with brittle asthma when foods are tested. In brittle asthma the reaction to foods that are reintroduced after an avoidance period can be severe, even if they were eaten frequently previously. It is sensible to test the foods when under close medical supervision, and ideally in hospital.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma, or reactive airway disease, is a chronic disorder that results in restricted breathing due to inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the main air passages in the lungs. Asthma affects 3 to 5 percent of adults and 7 to 10 percent of children in the United States. Severe asthma attacks cause approximately 5,000 deaths per year.

What Happens During an Asthma Attack?

Three changes occur inside the airways of the lungs in people with asthma:

  • The first change is inflammation, or swelling, whereby the airway becomes inflamed and produce a thick mucus.
  • Inflammation then leads to constriction of the muscles around the airways, causing the airways to become narrow. This narrowing is also referred to as bronchospasm.
  • The third change is increased sensitivity of the airways, causing the asthma patient to become overly sensitive to animal dander, pollen, cold air and tobacco smoke, to name a few.

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