Food Allergy Symptoms
The most common food allergens are eggs, milk, peanuts, sesame, wheat, fish, and tree nuts, which when ingested may cause the following symptoms:
- itchy rash
- shortness of breath
- swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat
- abdominal cramps
Food Allergy Testing
A true food allergy, or food hypersensitivity, causes an acute immune response in the body after the food is consumed. This is different from a non-allergic food reaction, such as occurs with lactose intolerance or food poisoning. Testing by a specialist can provide an accurate diagnosis so proper treatment for a food allergy can begin.
False positive results can occur with blood and skin testing so both are often done when a patient is being evaluated for a potential food allergy.
Oral Food Challenge
If testing is unclear as to whether you have a food allergy, we may perform a food challenge. Food challenges are done by consuming increasing amounts of the food over a 3-4 hour period under close observation here in our office. If you experience a reaction the challenge is stopped and you are treated with medications. Epinephrine may be administrered in some cases.
Food Allergy Prevention and Treatment
Our expert physicians provide state of the art testing and cutting-edge treatment for patients with food allergies, so you can enjoy peace of mind with every meal.
Are food allergies preventing you from enjoying everyday life? Unless properly treated, food allergies can require a modified diet for your entire family. They also cause fear and anxiety over a loved one coming into contact with a food allergen. Until recently, the only solutions for someone with a food allergy were allergen avoidance and carrying an epinephrine device at all times.