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  Food Allergy
Food allergy is when the body mistakes a certain food as "dangerous" and produces an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE).
If food allergy is suspected, but the offending food is not obvious then allergy skin testing or other types of test by a board certified allergy and asthma specialist will help in its identification.
Family Allergy and Asthma is a group of asthma and allergy specialists practicing at locations throughout Kentucky and parts of Indiana and focused on the treatment of patients with chronic respiratory disease.
www.familyallergy.com /diseases/food.asp   (649 words)

  
 ALLSA -Food Allergy - Handbook
True food allergy always involves an immune mechanism (IgE or non-IgE mediated) and should not be confused with the many causes of intolerances to food such as lactase deficiency, toxins contained in contaminated foods, food additives (e.g.
The diagnosis of food allergy is easy when the adverse reaction occurs soon after ingestion of an uncommonly used food item (immediate reaction) but more difficult if the reaction occurs several hours or days later (delayed reaction), or if a commonly used food is involved.
The RAST Paediatric Food Mix fx5 (Pharmacia), which is a mixed-allergen test containing milk, soya, fish, egg-white, wheat and peanut is a useful screening test for food allergy in small children.
www.allergysa.org /foodall.htm   (1703 words)

  
 HON Allergy Glossary Food Allergy
Food allergies can cause a host of symptoms, including : swelling of the lips; tongue or throat; hoarseness; cough; hives ; skin rashes ; a runny nose and watering eyes; and asthma.
Symptoms of a food allergy are highly individualistic and usually begin within minutes to a few hours after having eaten the offending food.
The most common food allergens involved in food allergy are shellfish, milk, fish, soy, wheat, peanuts, egg and tree nuts such as walnuts.
www.hon.ch /Library/Theme/Allergy/Glossary/food_allergy.html   (373 words)

  
 Food Allergy and Intolerances
Food allergens (the food fragments responsible for an allergic reaction) are proteins within the food that usually are not broken down by the heat of cooking or by stomach acids or enzymes that digest food.
In this procedure, dilute food allergen is administered under the tongue of the person who may feel that his or her arthritis, for instance, is due to foods.
Food allergies are caused by immunologic reactions to foods.
www.webmd.com /content/article/5/1680_50303   (4155 words)

  
 Food Allergy
Even if your symptoms seem clearly related to a specific food, your doctor may still want to do some tests to be sure that you have a true food allergy and to verify the food or foods responsible for your allergic reaction.
If you have a food allergy that causes such a serious reaction, your doctor will have you carry an injectable epinepherine pen and teach you, and those with whom you spend a lot of time, how to use it in case of emergency.
Women who have a food allergy or a partner with a food allergy may be able to reduce the risk of allergy in their child by avoiding common allergenic foods during pregnancy and nursing.
www.umm.edu /altmed/ConsConditions/FoodAllergycc.html   (1832 words)

  
 Information about Food Allergy
In food allergies, two parts of the immune response are involved, according to researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
They joined a food allergy advocacy group, replaced the carpet in Sarah's bedroom and throughout the house with hardwood floors, placed dust mite covers over her bedding, gave away the family's dogs, and kept Sarah indoors as much as possible.
Food manufacturers and consumer groups are working with the FDA to increase public awareness of the seriousness of food allergen reactions and to ensure that allergens are appropriately labeled in food products.
www.mamashealth.com /allergies/foodallergy.asp   (3265 words)

  
 Understanding Food Allergy
Food allergy is a reaction of the body’s immune system to something in a food or an ingredient in a food—usually a protein.
Shellfish allergies often develop during later childhood or adulthood, and the most common food allergy among adults is shellfish.
An example of a persistent allergy is celiac disease, which is an abnormal immune response to certain proteins in gluten, a type of protein found in wheat and barley.
www.ific.org /publications/brochures/allergybroch.cfm   (1330 words)

  
 US FDA/CFSAN - Food Allergies Rare but Risky
Food allergy is different from food intolerance, and the term is sometimes used in a vague, all-encompassing way, muddying the waters for people who want to understand what a real food allergy is.
In a true food allergy, the body's immune system recognizes a reaction-provoking substance, or allergen, in the food--usually a protein--as foreign and produces antibodies to halt the "invasion." As the battle rages, symptoms appear throughout the body.
People with food allergies have expressed the concern that new varieties of food, developed through the new techniques of biotechnology (such as gene splicing), may introduce allergens not found in the food before it was altered.
www.cfsan.fda.gov /~dms/wh-alrg1.html   (3802 words)

  
 Food Allergy
The concept of food allergy and foods causing medical illness is the basis of much controversy and heated emotional responses on both sides of the argument.
Food allergy generally refers to the specific situation where an immediate and readily identifiable food reaction occurs in the respiratory, digestive or skin systems.
One problem that has made delayed food allergy difficult to diagnose in the past is that most physicians did not realize that a reaction, even a sudden, severe one, may occur so late and continue for so long a time after a given allergenic food is eaten even once.
www.woodmed.com /FoodAllergy.htm   (4843 words)

  
 Food Allergy Myths by MedicineNet.com
Food allergies are often misunderstood, even though societal recognition of, and education about, the condition is increasing.
True allergies to foods are immunologic reactions involving the class of immunoglobulins (proteins that assist in the body’s immune response) known as immunoglobulin (Ig) E. Other kinds of reactions to foods that are not food allergies include food intolerances (such as lactose or milk intolerance), food poisoning, and toxic reactions.
It is estimated that true food allergies occur in 2-5% of the population.
www.medicinenet.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=61262   (495 words)

  
 ALLSA - Food Allergy 1
Food allergy is only one such reaction and refers specifically to food intolerance in which the body's immune (defence) system is directly involved.
Food allergy tends to be more common in children (up to 6%) than adults.
If the diagnosis of food allergy is correct and the recommended diet is not working, medication may have to be added to the treatment.
www.allergysa.org /food.htm   (1069 words)

  
 Food allergy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
, and the most common food allergies present in children are milk, eggs, and peanuts.
Food allergy is distinct from food intolerance, which is not caused by an autoimmune reaction.
Food allergy is thought to develop more easily in patients with the atopic syndrome, a very common combination of diseases: allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis, eczema and asthma.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Food_allergy   (2713 words)

  
 Food Allergy
Food allergy is one of the itchiest conditions in veterinary dermatology.
A reaction to a food that occurs on the first exposure to that food is not an allergic reaction.
There are two ways to address food allergy: feeding a diet based on a truly novel protein source (this usually means an exotic diet like venison, duck, kangaroo, rabbit or even alligator) OR feeding a diet where the protein has been pre-digested into units too small to interest the immune system.
www.marvistavet.com /html/body_food_allergy.html   (538 words)

  
 AllRefer Health - Food Allergy (Allergy to Food)
A food allergy is an exaggerated immune response triggered by eggs, peanuts, milk, or some other specific food.
Fortunately, many children will outgrow their allergy to milk, egg, wheat, and soy by the time they are five years old if they avoid the offending foods when they are young.
Allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish tend to be lifelong.
health.allrefer.com /health/food-allergy-info.html   (546 words)

  
 How to Survive with Multiple Food Allergies and eventually thrive again
However, food allergies (intolerance, sensitivities; click here for more on the semantics of the problem) are very real and usually get worse if left untreated rather than going away.
The person with multiple food allergies is often left helplessly floundering, trying to solve the problem on his or her own.
Your list of problem foods is probably not all food, and there are other foods to eat instead in order to keep from starving while you get to the root of your problems.
www.food-allergy.org   (567 words)

  
 ABC of allergies: Food allergy -- Bindslev-Jensen 316 (7140): 1299 -- BMJ
Adverse reactions to foods may be classified as due to either true food allergy or non-allergic food intolerance.
Standardised food extracts are rarely available for use in skin prick testing to diagnose food allergy.
Food allergy: adverse reactions to foods and food additives.
www.bmj.com /cgi/content/full/316/7140/1299   (1828 words)

  
 Food allergy: Causes - MayoClinic.com
In a true food allergy, your immune system mistakenly identifies a specific food or component of food as a harmful substance.
Because food intolerances may involve many of the same signs and symptoms as food allergies do — such as nausea, vomiting, cramping and diarrhea — people often confuse the two.
One of the tricky aspects of diagnosing food intolerance is that some people are sensitive not to the food itself but to a substance or ingredient used in the preparation of the food.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/food-allergy/DS00082/DSECTION=3   (530 words)

  
 Food Allergy
For someone with a food allergy, eating or swallowing even a tiny amount of a particular food can cause symptoms such as skin rash, nausea, vomiting, cramping, and diarrhea.
A common example of food intolerance is lactose intolerance—a condition in which a person is missing a certain enzyme necessary to digest dairy proteins.
These reactions are not a true food allergy, and the exact cause of the reactions is unknown.
www.emedicinehealth.com /food_allergy/article_em.htm   (435 words)

  
 MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Food allergy
The oral allergy syndrome consists of itching lips, tongue, and throat, and sometimes swollen lips.
Food elimination diets -- the suspected food is eliminated from the diet until the symptoms disappear, then reintroduced to see if allergic reaction develops.
Otherwise, there is no known prevention of food allergies except to delay introducing allergy-causing foods to infants until the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) has had a chance to mature.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/ency/article/000817.htm   (1087 words)

  
 MedlinePlus: Food Allergy
Food Allergy: An Overview (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) - Large PDF file
Allergy Skin Tests: Identify the Sources of Your Sneezing (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
The primary NIH organization for research on Food Allergy is the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/foodallergy.html   (327 words)

  
 What are Food Allergies?; Food-Allergy.org
IgE-mediated food reactions are often “fixed.” This means that after months or years of avoiding a problem food, eating any amount of it will still cause symptoms.
Heredity is often cited as a cause of food allergies, and certainly plays a role since a recessive gene has been identified as being linked to IgE-mediated food allergies.{2} Repeated exposure to the same foods, especially in large quantities, is also implicated.
When the food is eaten again and again passes into the bloodstream undigested or only partially digested, the antibodies bind with the food.
www.food-allergy.org /page1.html   (1014 words)

  
 Food allergy - MayoClinic.com
But true food allergies aren't nearly as common as you might think.
About 1 percent of adults and 5 percent of children actually have a true food allergy — an adverse reaction to a food that is triggered by the immune system.
But it is an important distinction, because a true food allergy — also called a hypersensitivity — can cause serious problems and even death.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/food-allergy/DS00082   (241 words)

  
 Food Allergy
Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies on a Request from the Commission Related to a Notification from CEPS on Distillates Made from Cereals Pursuant to Article 6 Paragraph 11 of Directive 2000/13/EC.
Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies on a Request from the Commission Related to a Notification from CEPS on Distillates Made from Nuts Pursuant to Article 6 Paragraph 11 of Directive 2000/13/EC.
Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies on a Request from the Commission Related to a Notification from CEPS on Distillates Made from Whey Pursuant to Article 6 Paragraph 11 of Directive 2000/13/EC.
www.foodrisk.org /food_allergy.cfm   (2426 words)

  
 Food Allergy.com Alletess Medical Laboratory
Here you can learn about our different allergy testing options.
Many allergy sufferers get confused about food allergy and food sensitivity, because often the two conditions are referred to as being one in the same.
The information here is not intended in any way as a substitute for qualified medical advise.
www.foodallergy.com   (91 words)

  
 The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Order free food allergy program for your school
Web site supported by an educational grant from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Register now for our 13th Annual FAAN Conference — “Food Allergies: New Laws, New Tools, New Hope.”
www.foodallergy.org   (81 words)

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