Suggest remedy for severe asthma
food or drinks can act as triggers
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic
It is true that the chronic use of oral steroids can affect mental health and impact the immune system so that she is either more prone to infections or current infections take a long time to heal.
The inhalers and nebuliser steroids would have less of a systemic effect because the majority of this remains in the lungs and only a little is systemically absorbed.
It is possible to have systemic side effects such as those mentioned but the chance is low.
As you mentioned, foods can be a trigger for an asthma attack. In persons the food trigger may differ.
She should consider a food diary for 2 to 3 weeks so that she would be able to note if there is any link with any particular foods that she uses and her attacks.
The food diary showing a link would help to convince her. Some persons have other triggers as well such as cold air, exercise, dust, perfumes etc
If she has a history of GERD (reflux) or post nasal drip, both of these also prevent good control of asthma
If these are controlled then asthma attacks would decrease as well
I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions