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Foods and Food Additives

Foods do not often cause asthma symptoms. If you are allergic to a certain food, you will usually feel symptoms soon after eating it. The most common food allergens are:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Seafood and fish
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Sesame seeds
  • Mustard

Sulphites are often added to foods to preserve them. Sulphites can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Sulphites are commonly found in foods such as:

  • Dried fruits
  • Wine
  • Bottled lime or lemon juice
  • Vinegars
  • Sauces/condiments
  • Prepared potatoes and shrimp

If you have had an allergic reaction to a food, it is important to avoid that food. An allergic reaction can even occur to a very small amount of that food.

 

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