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Food allergy and asthma--what is the link?
Paediatr Respir Rev 2003; 4(3):205-12PR

Abstract

Food allergy and asthma are both atopic diseases and therefore frequently co-exist. Food allergy is common in childhood, affecting approximately 8% of infants. The diagnosis is based on a suggestive history supported by skin-prick testing, serum specific IgE or food challenge. The role of diet in the aetiology of asthma and as a precipitant of exacerbations has been investigated extensively. Many people perceive diet as being an important precipitant of their asthma but objective testing suggests that it is only important in a minority. Meanwhile, there is considerable epidemiological evidence to suggest that there is a link between asthma and food allergy. Food can induce bronchospasm and food allergy has been implicated as a risk factor for life-threatening asthma. Additionally, asthma also seems to be a risk factor for life-threatening food allergy. The mechanism underlying this connection is unclear. The co-existence of food allergy should be considered in any child with asthma. Where food allergy is confirmed, steps should be taken to avoid these foods as this may considerably improve asthma control.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, E1 1BB, London, UK. gideon.lack@st-marys.nhs.ukNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12880755

Citation

Roberts, Graham, and Gideon Lack. "Food Allergy and Asthma--what Is the Link?" Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, vol. 4, no. 3, 2003, pp. 205-12.
Roberts G, Lack G. Food allergy and asthma--what is the link? Paediatr Respir Rev. 2003;4(3):205-12.
Roberts, G., & Lack, G. (2003). Food allergy and asthma--what is the link? Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, 4(3), pp. 205-12.
Roberts G, Lack G. Food Allergy and Asthma--what Is the Link. Paediatr Respir Rev. 2003;4(3):205-12. PubMed PMID: 12880755.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Food allergy and asthma--what is the link? AU - Roberts,Graham, AU - Lack,Gideon, PY - 2003/7/26/pubmed PY - 2003/10/10/medline PY - 2003/7/26/entrez SP - 205 EP - 12 JF - Paediatric respiratory reviews JO - Paediatr Respir Rev VL - 4 IS - 3 N2 - Food allergy and asthma are both atopic diseases and therefore frequently co-exist. Food allergy is common in childhood, affecting approximately 8% of infants. The diagnosis is based on a suggestive history supported by skin-prick testing, serum specific IgE or food challenge. The role of diet in the aetiology of asthma and as a precipitant of exacerbations has been investigated extensively. Many people perceive diet as being an important precipitant of their asthma but objective testing suggests that it is only important in a minority. Meanwhile, there is considerable epidemiological evidence to suggest that there is a link between asthma and food allergy. Food can induce bronchospasm and food allergy has been implicated as a risk factor for life-threatening asthma. Additionally, asthma also seems to be a risk factor for life-threatening food allergy. The mechanism underlying this connection is unclear. The co-existence of food allergy should be considered in any child with asthma. Where food allergy is confirmed, steps should be taken to avoid these foods as this may considerably improve asthma control. SN - 1526-0542 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12880755/full_citation L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1526054203000587 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -