Food allergy and asthma

J. Andrew Bird, A. Wesley Burks

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

20 Scopus citations


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-265
Number of pages8
JournalPrimary Care Respiratory Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Allergy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Food
  • Management
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Food allergy and asthma'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this