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Coughing when I eat ice cream

Can anyone que me in on why I cough only when I eat ice cream or frozen milk? It doesn't matter the flavor or brand. If it is just cold (not frozen) I don't cough...but if it is frozen.....the coughing always comes.

  1. Same thing happens to me and I end up having asthma attack


    1. Hi again Rjanssen - thanks for your response and explanation. Keep up the good work!
      Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

    2. Inhaler does no good for me. I just eat my ice cream between bouts of coughing and enjoy the cold cream and flavor. I'm too old to stop eating it now. This is something that has begun with me in the last 2 yrs.


  2. Hi again, tigger32810 - you are definitely not alone in this! Others in the community (see 's post, below) have expressed similar reactions to various temperatures associated with foods. As I young teenager, this posed an issue for me as well. If I had an 'old fashioned' malted (from the local 'old fashioned' ice cream store), my asthma would act up - every single time! And yet, as I got older (in my late teens/early 20's), this did not affect me at all.
    It all depends on the particular, individual triggers for each one of us. How do you manage when this happens to you?
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

    1. Hi. Tigger! Your question made me think of an article one of our advocates wrote exploring the ice cream issue. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out:

      https://asthma.net/living/ice-cream-trigger

      What do you think? -Melissa, asthma.net team

      1. I read it just now and agree. The dairy has no part in the situation. She/he did mention that the mother always said that diary increases mucus production. This is what the doctors told us years ago....and for many years. I know their opinion has changed in more recent years. I raised a severe chronic asthmatic as well whom was not supposed to live to see high school graduation.....she is now 40 yrs old with her own daughter. Doctors don't know everything.

        1. There has been more research on dairy and mucus production, and it seems rather than it increasing mucus, dairy coats existing mucus making it feel thicker. Additionally, those who have an allergy or intolerance may experience some further issues. Information regarding stuff like this is always changing, and it certainly is interesting to keep up with it! You are correct; doctors are not always right. So glad to hear that your daughter is doing well. 😀 -Ashlen, Asthma.net community moderator

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