This section covers asthma and other respiratory conditions with special emphasis on possible links with food sensitivity.
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Respiratory conditions and food sensitivity
In an asthmatic attack the muscles
around the airways contract, preventing air leaving the lungs properly
and thereby leaving insufficient space for fresh air to be breathed
in. As a result the chest feels tight and painful and insufficient
oxyen reaches the lungs so that the asthmatic feels breathless.
An attack is often, although not always, set off
by a reaction to an allergen as many asthmatics are also 'atopic'
or prone to allergy. Usually the attack-precipitating allergen is
inhaled - pollen, grass, house dust mite, pet dander, chemicals etc.
foods can also be
implicated although their involvement is frequently 'masked'
by the more obvious inhaled allergens. However, if there is a sensitivity
to a certain food, the inhalation of airborne particle from cooking
or preparing that food could be enough to trigger an attack.
For interesting case studies got to www.allergiesexplained.com or
read Asthma, the Complete Guide by Professor Jonathan Brostoff
and Linda Gamlin - pubished by Bloomsbury ISBN 0 7475 4043 8
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