Some babies develop an itchy skin condition known as eczema or atopic dermatitis. This is the first sign that a child has inherited the dreaded asthma-allergy gene. Eczema is a chronic skin disorder closely linked with asthma, allergic rhinitis, and food allergies. When eczema develops before three months of age, the risk of developing food and inhalant allergies and asthma is significantly increased.
Molds or fungi are tiny plants lacking roots or stems that reproduce by releasing mold spores into the surrounding air. Indoor molds grow in damp, musty areas like cellars, garages, bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry rooms, and home humidifiers. Outdoor molds prefer the warm, moist, shady confines of mulch piles, black soil, gardens, and fallen leaves. Molds Aeroallergens survive by digestingMold Aeroallergens small amounts of decomposing foods or vegetable matter.
Once a specific food has been identified as an asthma or allergy trigger, the treatment is avoidance. People with asthma and food allergy should be aware that most foods belong to a food group or a food family. An allergy to one member of a specific food family often means that ingestion of other members of the same food family will cause an allergic reaction.