Food allergy and asthma morbidity in children

In the June 2007 issue of Pediatric Pulmonology researchers investigated whether specific food allergies are associated with increased asthma morbidity. A medical record review to evaluate the effect of food allergy to egg, fish, peanut, and milk on asthma morbidity was conducted for 201 children aged 3 months to 14 years with the diagnosis of asthma (88 children had coexistent food allergy). Results showed that peanut and milk allergies were both associated with increased number of hospitalizations and milk allergy was associated with increased use of systemic steroids. The authors concluded that these associations may serve as early markers for increased asthma morbidity. To view an abstract of this study visit //tinyurl.com/26n8g5.

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