Food Allergies May Trigger Severe Asthma Attacks

 

Serious asthma attacks in children may be triggered by food allergies, according to new research.

The research, carried out  by scientists from St. Mary’s Hospital in London compared two groups of asthmatic children. The first group contained children with life-threatening asthma, the second group comprised children with milder asthma.

The children were given a number of tests including a Spirometry breathing test, a skin prick test to identify any food allergies and were also asked to answer a questionnaire.

The results revealed that, while food allergies only affected 10 percent of the control group, they were recorded in 50% of the life-threatening asthma group. The most common allergy was peanuts.

The researchers believe the results suggest that life-threatening asthma attacks may be triggered by food allergies. ‘This study stresses the importance of detailed allergy investigations in asthmatic children. This should allow pediatricians to identify a group of children at risk for severe reactions and the potential cause for severe asthma in certain children’.

 

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