Asthma Bronchiale as a Symptom of Food Allergy

Authors: P. Turčáni;  J. Jančíková;  J. Skřičková
Authors‘ workplace: Klinika nemocí plicních a tuberkulózy LF MU a FN Brno, přednostka doc. MUDr. J. Skřičková, CSc.
Published in: Pracov. Lék., , 2003, No. 1, s. 23-25.


Asthma bronchiale can be one of the symptoms of food allergy. If the patient gets into contact with a food which causesdifficulties in his occupation and if this food is the cause of asthma, occupational asthma bronchiale is involved. Of all cases ofasthma occupational accounts for 2–20% cases. Noxious substances which cause occupational asthma are described in theliterature and their number is as high as ca 250. The most frequent harmful substance causing occupational asthma is flour,therefore bakers and confectioners are most frequently affected. In a submitted case-report the authors describe the procedure usedfor assessment of the diagnosis and its importance for clinicians. The greatest benefit of the diagnosis of occupational asthma is thepossibility to use restriction of the noxious substance within the framework of therapy. The patient’s condition thus improveswithout long-term medication.

Key words:
food allergy, causes of occupational asthma, causal noxious substances, assessment of diagnosis, therapeutic application

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