5 Food You Didn’t Know Can Trigger Asthma Attack


Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs.

Medical science is yet to really pin point what exactly causes asthma but what we do know is that when airways come into contact with an asthma trigger, the airways become inflamed, narrow and fill with mucus.

Research has shown that exposure to various irritants and substances can trigger allergies (allergens) which can trigger signs and symptoms of asthma.

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Asthma triggers are different from person to person and can include: Airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander or particles of cockroach waste, colds and flu, cigarette smoke, exercise and allergies (allergy-induced asthma)

If you are suffering from asthma, it is important to know that although your symptoms can be easily controlled, an attack may be deadly.

Allergy related triggers

“Allergy asthma” is triggered by allergens that cause the bronchial tubes to treat inhaled particles as “obstructions”, resulting in wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing.

When a patient comes in contact with an allergen, their body responds by producing histamine, as a result of an overreaction of their immune system. It’s ultimately histamine that’s responsible for the symptoms.

Here are some of the most common foods that can trigger an attack

1. Milk

Milk is an essential source of calcium, and the link between milk and asthma has often been disputed by researchers but there are a small number of asthma sufferers who will actually benefit by cutting milk and dairy products out of their diet.

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People who are already predisposed to dairy allergy from a young age can suffer from wheezing, coughing, and breathlessness. If you find that your symptoms are indeed triggered by dairy, find an alternative source of vitamin D and calcium.

 2. Additives and preservatives

Sulphates and tartrazine are the most common additives that can trigger allergies. These are often added to give food a longer shelf life. Look out for food labels containing these, or steer clear of processed meats, canned, packaged food, sauces, fruit juices and fizzy drinks.

 3. Eggs

Egg allergies are more common in children and outgrown in most cases. Symptoms are more often triggered by raw, undercooked or medium eggs than fully cooked eggs.

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According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), people who are prone to egg allergies should also check food labels and medications that may contain eggs.

4. Soya Beans

After eggs soya allergy is another thing that can trigger asthmatic attack this is because Soya beans is the second most common allergy in the World, according to a Health24 article.

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Soya is found in processed foods like pre-packaged soups and fermented foods, such as soya sauce and even Soya drinks

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5. Wheat

Wheat allergy is usually caused by albumin and globulin amino acids in wheat. When these amino acids enter the body through the digestive system or the lungs, the immune system reacts by making so-called immunoglobulin E antibodies.

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These antibodies then cause the actual symptoms associated with asthma, such as wheezing and coughing.

So if you suspect that any of these foods trigger your asthma symptoms, you can experiment by eliminating them or consult your doctor to do an allergy test.