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Asthma Inhalers and Food Allergies

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Do you have a food allergic family member or friend that also battles against Asthma?  Get ready for some reassuring news…

 

No, this isn’t the start of a bad infomercial; a recent article published medical experts of the AAAI (American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology) states that “peanut-allergic and soy-allergic patients can safely use asthma inhalers.”  This was posted in response to some growing misconceptions and concerns about inhaled asthma medicines’ soy content and their cross re-activity in people who are peanut allergic.

 

Here is a brief summary of the facts reported in the article:
• Most peanut-allergic patients are not allergic to soy.
• Soy lecithin does not contain enough soy protein to cause an allergic reaction even in soy-allergic patients.
• The inhalers in question were rarely used for asthma.
• The inhalers in question are no longer on the market.
• The currently available inhalers do not contain soy lecithin.

 

To learn more, read the full article or visit the AAAI website.