Food Allergy Tip #1

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.

For more information on diagnosing food allergies:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Summary for Patients, Families, and Caregivers (NIAID)

The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

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2 Responses to Food Allergy Tip #1

  1. Constancio says:

    I dont know what to say. This blog is fantastic. Thats not really a really huge statement, but its all I could come up with after reading this. You know so much about this subject. So much so that you made me want to learn more about it. Your blog is my stepping stone, my friend. Thanks for the heads up on this subject.

  2. donna says:

    Thank you. I’m busy finishing my food allergy book so I may not have many blog posts for awhile. Will let you know when the book is finished! Take care.

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