Clinical management of food allergy

J. Andrew Bird, Gideon Lack, Tamara T. Perry

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Abstract

Food allergies are commonly seen by the practitioner, and managing these patients is often challenging. Recent epidemiologic studies report that as many as 1 in 13 children in the United States may have a food allergy, which makes this an important disease process to appropriately diagnose and manage for primary care physicians and specialists alike. Having a understanding of the basic immunologic processes that underlie varying presentations of food-induced allergic diseases will guide the clinician in the initial workup. This review will cover the basic approach to understanding the immune response of an individual with food allergy after ingestion and will guide the clinician in applying appropriate testing modalities when needed by conducting food challenges if indicated and by educating the patient and his or her guardian to minimize the risk of accidental ingestion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Autoinjectable epinephrine
  • Cross-contact
  • Food allergy
  • Label reading
  • Oral food challenge
  • Skin prick test
  • Travel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy

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