The FDA Food and Drug Administration started with labeling on foods to help people with food allergies be aware what is in the product. To help Americans avoid the health risks posed by food allergens, Congress passed the Food Allergen Labeling and consumer Protection Act of 2004. The law applies to all foods whose labeling… Continue reading Food and Drug Administration on Food Allergies.
Physical reactions to certain foods are common, but most are caused by a food intolerance rather than a food allergy. A food intolerance can cause some of the same signs and symptoms as a food allergy, so people often confuse the two. A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs… Continue reading Food Allergy VS. Food Intolerance
A life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) is a severe reaction to a specific allergen, or allergic trigger. Common triggers can include but are not limited to food, biting or stinging insects, medications and latex. Exercise induced anaphyaxis is also possible, and sometimes anaphylaxis has no apparent cause at all (this is known as idiopathic anaphylaxis). Anaphylaxis… Continue reading Anaphylaxis and Food Allergies
Suspected food allergies should always be evaluated, diagnosed, and treated by a qualified medical professional, such as a board certified allergist. Your primary care provider may refer you to an allergist. Do not diagnose a food allergy on your own. Self-diagnosis can lead to unnecessary dietary restrictions and inadequate nutrition, especially in children. Additionally, some… Continue reading Diagnosing and Testing for Food Allergies