Alcoholic drinks: Important triggers for asthma

H. Vally, Nicholas De Klerk, Philip Thompson

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Background: Although anecdotally alcoholic drinks seem to be common triggers for asthma, little is known of the prevalence, the characteristics, or the mechanisms underlying these reactions.Objectives: The primary aim of this study was to determine the frequency and characteristics of asthmatic reactions triggered by alcoholic drinks in a community-based cohort of asthmatic subjects, Investigations of other food sensitivities were also completed to explore some of the possible components of alcoholic drinks that may be responsible for these asthmatic responses,Methods: A validated food allergy questionnaire was used to assess the characteristics of alcoholic drink-induced asthma in 366 adult patients recruited from the Asthma Foundation of Western Australia, The food allergy questionnaire was sent out by mail and self-administered by recipients.Results: Thirty-three percent of respondents indicated that alcoholic drinks had been associated with the triggering of asthma on at least 2 occasions. Wines were the most frequent triggers, with responses being rapid in onset (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-467
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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