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Volume 18 Issue 4 December 2009


Food allergy and asthma

Pages 258-265
*J Andrew Bird, A Wesley Burks

Department of Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, USA

Received 31 January 2009 • Accepted 4 May 2009 • Online 8 July 2009

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.

Cite as: Bird JA, Burks AW. Food allergy and asthma. Prim Care Respir J 2009;18(4):258-265. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4104/pcrj.2009.00036

Food, allergy, asthma, prevalence, anaphylaxis, management

* Corresponding author. J Andrew Bird Tel: +919-681-2949 Fax: +919-668-3750 Email: john.bird@duke.edu