Reaction to digestive enzyme capsules?

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   Posted 2/20/2010 3:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I sometimes take a digestive "plant enzyme" capsule (various brands, all have lipase, cellulase, and amylase in them). This stuff REALLY knocks out digestive upset within 10 or 15 minutes. The problem is that it seems to trigger something akin to an asthmatic reaction within about 30 minutes. It feels like a minor irritation in my chest area. There's no shortness of breath, just an ongoing irritation that lasts all day. I do not have asthma per se, but the doctor thinks I either am developing early hyperresponsiveness or perhaps early asthma. He said to try to figure out what triggers the events... I think it may be food-related.

In any event, I'm wondering... Have any of you found that digestive enzymes trigger your asthma? If so, did you find a solution that let you continue use of them? I've read hundreds of reviews of them, and have not seen others complaining of this, just wondering if I'm alone. I hate to give them up because of their stomach benefits, and am hoping to find one that doesn't cause this. I have had this chest irritation off an on for months. Symbicort really got it under control, but then it seems like it started up again after I went off Symbicort and then took one of these enzymes.

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   Posted 2/20/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like an allergic reaction.

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