Asthma and Wheat/Dairy Allergy

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   Posted 3/23/2011 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone!

I have posted on the forums before in regards to my GERD affecting my asthma. Recently I have noticed a correlation between my dairy intake, and my asthma attacks. Anytime I have a latte, a glass of milk, or anything else dairy, my airways close off and I get a rash on my neck and chest.

In the 6 years since I was diagnosed with moderate to severe asthma, I have never had a doctor refer me to an allergist or dietician. Mostly, when I come in with a bad flare up they will give me an antibiotic and a steroid injection, and send me on my way. Every single time, I feel great until the steroid wears off, and then I am unable to sleep at night (due to wheezing and coughing) and I have to use my rescue inhaler quite often.

Two days ago I Googled "Asthma and food allergies." The very first site I looked at said that dairy and wheat allergies were among the most prevalent for people with asthma, and that as opposed to being lactose intolerant (where you have a hard time digesting it), this is a true allergic reaction that narrows your airways and can even get into your bloodstream. I was astonished by this.

Years ago (when I was in high school) I saw a holistic practicioner, who diagnosed me with a wheat allergy. For 3 months, I cut wheat and refined sugars from my diet, and gave myself injections. Afterwards, I felt wonderful. But, of course, it was very hard to keep up (particularly because wheat is in virtually everything, plus, I was living at home with my family and they weren't as excited about cutting out those items as I was) so I gradually went back to my old eating habits.

Also, when I was a baby, my parents had to put me on Soy formula because I showed allergic symptoms to breast milk. As a child, I didn't drink very much of it, and as an adult, if I have "too much" (which, it's hard to tell how much is too much) I get a rash on my inner arms and legs.

All of these things combined tell me that a lot of my breathing problems are due to diet. I am someone who very rarely eats fast food, but I do enjoy my breads, pasta, etc. I also bake a fair amount, which most of those things have both dairy AND wheat.

I was wondering how many people have had this same issue (either with dairy, wheat, or both) and modified their diet as a result. 1) Did it work? How noticeable was the difference in your symptoms? 2) What foods did you incorporate and/or eliminate from your diet?

Even though it will mean giving up a LOT of foods I love, I am willing to do a diet overhaul if it means I will be able to sleep through the night and not be in the doctors office every other month.

Any feedback would be absolutely wonderful!

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   Posted 3/23/2011 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
The hardest thing in the world to me is going wheat free. I was doing an allergy test for wheat and everything I came across had wheat. You will have to make oatmeal bread or bran bread.
Dairy free is not really that tough though. Soy milk or rice milk is not that bad. My favorite sub-milk is vannilla flavored silk. Their chocolate's not too bad either.

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   Posted 3/25/2011 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
i also have asthma and get allergies. my face swells every time i accidentally eat shrimps, fish and other sea foods

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   Posted 3/28/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
My DH gets Asthma if he is exposed to airborne wheat or milk (such as from boiling wheat pasta or mixing wheat flour in something for a recipe, or from boiling milk). He also cannot eat wheat or milk without getting "intestinal anaphylaxis" (severe swelling everywhere the milk/wheat touches from his mouth on down..., nausea, profuse vomiting, diarrhea).

I myself have Gluten Sensitivity and so must avoid all wheat/rye/barley and also I have an oat allergy so I have to avoid oats as well. My symptoms are not as violent as my DH's are, but I suffer for weeks to months after an accidental exposure (even from airborne gluten). I have no problem with airborne milk, but don't do well if I consume a lot of is hard for me to give up completely, though, given all my other food sensitivities/allergies & I still enjoy organic cheeses.

Here are some resources to help with alternative foods to dairy & wheat (and no, bran or oat flour may not be safe either...oats must specify that they are gluten free or else they will likely contain lots of wheat cross-contamination from grain storage facilities in the USA): ~ info about dairy-free living ~ dairy substitutes/dairy-free products ~ info about gluten/wheat free living ~ many gluten/wheat free foods

I hope this helps...take care,

Chronic Lyme, Bart., Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut dysmotility & non-specific inflammation, UCTD/Lupus, Osteoporosis, etc.; G-Tube
Meds: LDN, Claritin, Singulair, Domperidone, nutritional supplements, homeopathy, probiotics, etc.

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   Posted 4/7/2011 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a friend who is lactose intolerant. He takes some pills before he eats cheese in it so he does not get sick. Perhaps if you are you can ask your doctor about them if you do end up with having some sort of dairy sensitivity However he still does feel a bit queasy after and he has switched to lactose free butter. I didn't know it exists until he told me so I am sure you will discover many alternatives.
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