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by Justin Skripak, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.A.A.I.
There are various types of food allergies which may benefit from evaluation by an allergist. People with food allergies have an allergic reaction when they come into contact with certain foods. This is because their body recognizes a harmless (food) substance as something harmful, and attacks it.
Types of food allergies
Not all symptoms caused by foods are allergies. Some people who react to foods are not allergic, but rather, intolerant. An allergist can help to determine if you are allergic, what type of allergy you have, and how best to manage the problem.
There are two standardized, well-studied types of tests for food allergies.
Currently, there are no treatments to help food allergies to go away. Once the type of food allergy and the specific triggers are identified, a strategy can be discussed about avoiding the food(s). In some cases, emergency medicines including oral antihistamines and self-injected epinephrine devices must be kept immediately available.
There are many clinical trials for food allergy treatments ongoing in the U.S. and other countries. An allergist can keep you up to date on the progress of these studies, and prescribe these treatments once they become available.