FOOD ALLERGY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Conditions such as Peanut/Nut Anaphylaxis, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and Celiac Disease are conditions cause be allergy or intolerance to a food or foods
Food allergy has become an enormous public health problem and it is thought that one child in an average classroom will have a food allergy. Sometimes these problems can be life-threatening. It can place an enormous strain on the physical and mental health of the child and the family.
Diagnosis and Follow-up
In order to determine if your child truly has a food allergy, a careful history and physical examination is required and testing may include skin testing, blood allergy tests, and other laboratory tests to define the nature of the problem. Even if your child is diagnosed with a food allergy, over time it may be possible for your child to naturally “outgrow” it. As allergists who are experienced in treating food allergies, we can help you determine if this has happened, which would require follow-up skin and/or blood tests, and a graded food challenge under close observation in our office.
Although we do not offer food allergy oral immunotherapy (sometimes called food allergy “desensitization”), clinical trials are currently being conducted at some academic centers. Most experts strongly believe that it should not be recommended for use in the community, because of concerns regarding safety and long-term consequences,
Preventing Food Allergies
A 2016 update to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases guidelines (https://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/foodallergy/clinical/Pages/default.aspx) on food allergies now recommends ways to reduce the chances of developing peanut allergies in young children who are at risk of this problem. We can offer evaluation to determine if your child is at risk, and provide guidance on prevention.