Tip #1 Confirm food allergy with a diagnosis from a qualified healthcare professional.
The diagnosis of food allergies can be very straight forward, as in Our Story in a Nutshell when my son had almost immediate hives and vomiting following ingestion, or can be very complex and challenging. A thorough medical/food history is extremely important, which may be accompanied by physical exam, skin prick and blood tests. The results of these tests must be interpreted correctly in order to make an accurate food allergy diagnosis.
Some pediatricians, family practitioners and internal medicine physicians are comfortable diagnosing and managing food allergies while others may refer you to an allergist. If you are looking for an allergist, you may want to search on AAAAI or ACAAI.
If you have been diagnosed with a food allergy, you should avoid the allergenic food and obtain information on developing an emergency management plan.
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