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Food Allergies

Food allergies are a commonly misunderstood area of allergic diseases. Daniel More, MD, a board-certified allergist, dicusses signs and symptoms of food allergies, how a diagnosis is made, and how treatment can be accomplished. The potential for a child to outgrow certain food allergies, and how to determine when this may happen, is a common question posed by parents, and answered here. Non-allergic food intolerances, such as lactose intolerance and reactions to preservatives, food colorings and sulfites is discussed. Rare forms of food allergy, such as eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, food protein induced enterocolitis syndromes (FPIES), and gluten sensitive enteropathy are also described.
  1. Egg Allergy (7)
  2. Food Allergy Avoidance (12)
  3. Milk Allergy (7)
  4. Nut Allergy (13)
  5. Other Food Allergies (12)
  6. Preservative Allergy (7)
  7. Seafood Allergy (6)
  8. Soy Allergy (4)
  9. Wheat Allergy (4)

Immunotherapy for Food Allergy
Find out if food immunotherapy is an effective treatment for food allergies.

Food Allergies at School
Learn how food allergies should be dealt with at school, and how weaknesses in current school policies on food allergies could be placing your child at risk.

Meat Allergy
Learn about meat allergy, including allergy to the carbohydrate galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose.

Food Allergy Labeling
Learn why people with food allergies should be careful about reading food allergy labeling.

eosinophilic esophagitis -- What was the cause of your eosinophilic e…
Eosinophilic esophagitis is an allergic disease of the upper gastrointestinal tract often caused by various allergic triggers, including foods and aeroallergens. Learn what people found to be cause of their eosinophilic esophagitis.

Food Allergy
Your doctor has told you that you have a food allergy. Now what? Start here to learn everything you should know about your food allergy.

Does Touching or Smelling Foods Result in Allergic Reactions?
Learn if touching foods can result in allergic reactions caused by food allergies.

Where at School Do Most Food Allergy Reactions Occur?
Learn where at school food allergies are most likely to occur - the answer might surprise you.

Where Should Epinephrine Be Kept at School?
Learn the best place for where epinephrine should be kept at school.

Oral Allergy Syndrome -- Oral Allergy Syndrome to Apples and Bananas …
Oral allergy syndrome is a type of food allergy to fresh fruits and vegetables and is caused by pollen allergies. Learn some of the associations between specific pollen allergies and how they cause the oral allergy syndrome to certain fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, find out how people have learned to deal with these reactions.

Baby Formulas and Food Allergies
Find out about the various types of baby formulas that can be used in infants with food allergies.

The Basics of Food Allergies
Reactions to foods are very common, occurring in 1 in 4 people sometimes during their lifetimes. Many of these reactions are not allergic, even though there is a definite cause and effect relationship between eating the food and symptoms occurring. The timing and types of symptoms occurring after consuming the food in question is important in...

Top Food Allergies in Children
A list of the most commonly seen food allergies in children, and an explanation of each type of food allergy is presented.

Will My Child Outgrow a Food Allergy?
Find out the ways to determine if your child has outgrown his or her food allergy.

Prevention of Food Allergy in Infants: Delayed Introduction
Allergic disease is more common than ever, and it is not surprising that more parents are asking how they might be able to decrease the chance that their children will have allergies. The avoidance of commonly allergenic foods in infancy and early childhood may help prevent or delay the development of food allergies.

Why Does My Nose Run After Eating Spicy Foods?
Have you ever had a runny nose after eating spicy foods? You may have experienced gustatory rhinitis. Learn about this common form of non-allergic rhinitis, and how it can be treated.

I Have Food Allergies. How Many Epi-Pens® Do I Need?
How many Epi-Pens should you have on hand? The answer may surprise you. Find out if you've got enough of these potentially life-savings medical devices.

Oral Allergy Syndrome
Ever had itching, tingling or swelling of the mouth after eating fresh fruits or vegetables? You may have experienced oral allergy syndrome. Find out more about this interesting form of food allergy and how it relates to pollen allergy.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Eosinophilic esophagitis is a form of food allergy that causes severe heartburn symptoms, nausea, vomiting, weight loss and food impaction. This disease can affect people of all ages, from young children to older adults. Learn more about how this syndrome is diagnosed, what foods are the common triggers, and how the symptoms are treated.

What is the Latex-Food Syndrome?
Are you allergic to latex? If so, there is a good chance that you may also be allergic to at least one of a large group of fruits and vegetables that share similar proteins with latex. Find out about the latex-food syndrome and what should be done to diagnose this problem.

Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome
The food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, or FPIES, can mimic food allergies in young children. However, this syndrome is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and sometimes lethargy and low blood pressure as a result of eating certain foods. Many children with FPIES are evalauted for severe infections in the emergency room,...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Allergies
Ever wonder if irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is caused by allergies? A recent study shows an association between hay fever, eczema, and food allergies and IBS. Learn more about the link between IBS and allergic disease, and what can be done to treat allergic IBS.

Food Allergies and Autism
Find out the truth behind food allergies causing or worsening autism. Should your child follow a gluten-free and/or casein-free diet?

Allergy to Food Odors and Smells
Is it Possible to Be Allergic to Odors or Vapors Emitted from Foods? Learn about food allergies occurring from smelling or inhaling odors from cooking foods.

Food Processing and Food Allergies
Learn how food processing -- specifically how peanuts are cooked -- influences the chance of a person developing a food allergy.

Food Intolerance
Food intolerance is often confused with food allergy. Even though a cause-and-effect relationship may exist between eating a certain food and experiencing adverse symptoms, this doesn't mean a person has a food allergy.

Food Intolerance -- How I Found Out I Had a Food Intolerance
Food intolerance is often confused with food allergy. Even though a cause-and-effect relationship may exist between eating a certain food and...

Spice Allergy
Learn all about spice allergy, including symptoms that may occur, how spice allergy is diagnosed, as well as the treatments that are available.

Celiac Disease
Learn all about celiac disease, including the symptoms, how the diagnosis is made, whether it's caused by an allergy to gluten, diseases associated with celiac disease, as well as treatments available.

Marijuana Allergy
Learn about the different forms of allergy that marijuana, or Cannabis sativa, can cause, including how each form of marijuana allergy is diagnosed and treated.

Anaphylaxis After Eating Dust Mites
Learn how eating dust mites -- in contaminated flour products -- can cause anaphylaxis, and how this condition may be related to aspirin allergy.

Ok, So if it's Not a Food Allergy, What Else Could it Be?
There are many causes of adverse reactions to foods, some of which can mimic allergies. This article describes various conditions that closely resemble food allergies, but are actually due to other causes. Food preservatives, coloring and MSG reactions are described.

Allergies to Vegetable Cooking Oils
Learn all about various types of vegetable cooking oils, such as peanut and soybean oil, and whether this oils cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies.

Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies at School
Learn about the Centers for Disease Control's Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies at School.

Food Allergies and Vaccines
If you or your child is allergic to foods, find out if there are any vaccines that you should be avoiding.

Food Allergies and Medications
If you have a food allergy, find out what medications you might want to avoid.

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