Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Attack Aggravating Foods

Asthma Attack

For the information of everybody, not all foods are considered safe and healthy for everyone. It may sound ironic but this is true. It is applicable especially to people who are diagnosed to have bronchial asthma. This condition often associated with causes that act as a triggering factor. Allergy-induced asthma is one of the most common forms of asthma attack which affects everyone. Aside from being exposed to allergens, eating foods that are allergenic can precipitate the attack. Below are the foods that asthmatic people should avoid.


Shellfish and other seafood products (such as shrimp, lobster, crayfish, crab, mollusks, oyster, scallops, clams, mussels, and squids) can precipitate asthma attack. People who have allergic reactions after eating these foods need immediate treatment because it can trigger serious asthma symptoms. Anyone with asthma who eats large amount of seafood may suffer from life-threatening condition.


Anyone might think that peanuts are food for the brain. Yes it is, because it contains Vitamin B12 which enhances the memory. However, this nut can cause asthma attack. This is one of the hardest foods that anyone can deal with. The reason behind this is that, there are several processed foods which may contain nuts. 

Foods like cookies, ice cream, cereals, salad dressings, chocolates, candies, energy bars, and other pastries contain nuts. Anyone who has peanut allergy should avoid eating peanut because this can trigger the asthma attack.


People who have allergic reactions after eating egg are predisposed to asthma attack. Eggs are commonly found to processed foods such as noodles, marshmallows, pasta, salad sauces and dressings, eggnogs (a drink made from a mixture of beaten eggs, cream, and flavorings, often with alcohol), ice creams, pies, custards, mayonnaise, and meringue. There are commercially processed foods such as bread and cakes which contains eggs.


Anyone with allergy to milk is predisposed to suffer from bronchial asthma. Milk can precipitate the symptoms of asthma which is characterized by tightening of the bronchus. People who suffered from allergy-induced asthma caused after drinking milk may complain wheezing and coughing. 

This is common to people who have ingested or inhaled products which contain milk (milk powders). Some foods which contain milk are yogurts, mayonnaise, caramel, cheese flavors, nougat, artificial butter and milk chocolates. These foods can trigger asthma attack. It may depend on the amount of milk ingested by person with asthma.

These foods should be avoided. It can lead to the worsening of asthma attack. Furthermore, people who are diagnosed with asthma should read the labels of the food they eat. This will help them prevent the impending dilemma. In the restaurants, they need to order foods that has no ingredients or derivatives which are known to cause asthma attack. Ideally, they need to ask special consideration by telling their condition to the chefs. 

In here, they must ask about the ingredients used for preparing the food. Otherwise, they will make a request that removes these allergenic ingredients to their food.

They also need to make a dietary plan which includes food that can help reduce the asthma symptoms. They must make a note that states the foods to be avoided. It must be posted on the kitchen wall which may serve as a reminded to everyone who prepares the food. This can help everyone to adapt with better eating pattern and prevent the occurrence of allergy-induced asthma attack – By Edterchelle Soriano