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Does food make a difference

Hi I'm new to this site and would like to ask, does food make a difference? I have stopped using dairy products thinking creamy things make things worse. I have mentioned this to my doctors who don't seem to know.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Hello Brian48

I am new to posting here too. I find that sometimes too much dairy can affect my Asthma. If I get too wheezy or start coughing a lot I cut out some dairy like milk and cheese and it seems to help a little with the coughing. Hope this helps. Not everyone is affected by dairy products.

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It help's, more than the doctors ;-) Thanks DP51

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Dairy products like cheese and chocolate can make a diff. In fact a well known singer before he goes out on his tours stops eating cheese and chocolate as it produces more mucus. He has to clear his throat before he goes on stage and finds stoppin eatin dairy products helps. Im sure cuttin down on it would help asthma althou im not qualified on this i wud defo think so. Hope this helps.. good luck with it.

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Thanks Shezxx it did help.

Brian48

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Hi you should never cut out a whole food group as this is unhealthy. Dairy products don't make you produce more mucus but it does make it thicker and harder to cough up One way round this is to cut down a bit and see if this makes a difference. Drink as much water as you can as this thins it down. Not tea, coffee etc. but plain water or squash. x

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Cough a lot 2 that's good advice I'll try it and post if it works for me.

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Hi. I know my asthma triggers are unusual but thought I'd mention. I'm sensitive to salicylates. The most obvious salycic acid is in aspirin and ibuprofen.....I've known I can't take these for years. But when I started to feel as though I had taken them but hadn't, with increasing asthma problems, steroid use etc, I started to research online. I found other people sensitive to these, with books written on it etc. So with the guidance of suggested diets, I started a trial. It worked but after years of sal use, it took two months on very strict diet.....took some getting used to! Included avoiding perfumes of any sort, which are 'fixed' with salicylates acid. Once my asthma was back to easily controlled again, I decided to gradually ignore diet, thinking problem solved. Back crept the asthma exacerbations. Talked to GP and he said aspirin/ibuprofen induced asthma well documented but general salicylate sensitivity unprovable scientifically at present. 'But if it works for you, keep going, as long as don't compromise healthy eating.' I could go on for ages about what I've discovered, but won't here. But def works for me.

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Thanks Breathezee, I will keep that in mind.

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Hi Brian

Just saw your post and thought I'd share my experience- some foods and drinks definitely cause me problems specifically things that contain sulphites ( preservatives). Fruit squash and white wine seem to contain particularly high amounts ( and will set my asthma off in seconds) but they also pop up in sausages, dried fruits, ready meals etc etc. Allergy labelling has improved hugely ( thank god!) and Sulphites usually appear in bold so I can easily steer well clear. Generally the more processed the food the more likely that Sulphites pop up - it's just a case of checking the label. If I fancy wine or dried fruit etc then organic ( or low sulphite wines) dont cause me any problems. Hope this helps!

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Thanks Laura 12, i've just seen the doctor who gave me the purple inhaler and a peak flow meter. At last I think he is taking me serious, although after 3 day's I'm getting mild headaches but my breathing seems to be getting better. I will keep an eye on sulphite thanks.

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