Nutritional triggers in asthma

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Food and food additive triggers play an important role in approximately 5-8% of all asthma cases. Exact epidemiological data are lacking, partly because the etiological link is not always obvious, the diagnosis of food hypersensitivity is often complicated and ambiguous, food triggers usually act in concert with other trigger(s), and intraspecies and intrabotanic cross-reactivities between inhalant and nutritional allergens can make the time-course of the symptomes confusing. The participation of airway symptomes in food allergy goes up to 40%. Relevant diagnosis can only be established by the combination of procedures used for both food allergy and asthma. In the therapy avoidance measures are of great importance besides usual asthma therapy, and probably in combination with the reduction of gut permeability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-117
Number of pages5
JournalActa microbiologica et immunologica Hungarica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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