Food Allergies Treatment
1 AnswerGreenville Health System answeredA few research centers throughout the country have children and adults enrolled in trials involving oral and sublingual immunotherapy. This therapy, in which patients with allergies are given small but increasing amounts of the food they are allergic to, shows promise. Right now, signiﬁcant debate exists as to whether this therapy might lead to a permanent change in the patient’s immune system or just a temporary state of tolerance.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
An antihistamine (Benadryl) is often used to treat mild food allergy symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, skin itching/rash, hives.
Epipen (injectable epinephrine) is the medication of choice for a severe allergic reaction/anaphylaxis.
2 AnswersBill Salt, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredThe following are some suggestions for food reintroduction after an elimination diet:
- Milk: Milk should be reintroduced as skim milk, so there is no question about whether fat in milk is the problem. If skim milk can be consumed without symptoms, then the problem is clearly not related to milk in any way.
- Wheat: Wheat can be eaten as a whole-wheat cereal and whole-wheat bread. Other grains, like barley, oats and corn, can be added.
- Cooked versus raw: Cooked fruits and vegetables may be better tolerated initially than in uncooked form. Later, you can try them raw if they do not cause symptoms when cooked.
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5 AnswersMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredAn elimination diet helps you to identify and get rid of any foods or substances that are a source of irritation to your body. Why is it important for you to try an elimination diet? Because most people are somewhat out of touch with the way their body responds to the various foods and substances they consume until their body responds with a dramatic reaction!
In an elimination diet, for a short period of time (for example, two to three weeks), you eat a very simplified diet consisting of foods that are easy to digest and very easy on your digestive system. Not only does this give your digestive tract a rest, it helps you to see the more subtle reactions your body is having -- the very reactions that create or contribute to ongoing chronic conditions and low-grade inflammation.
1 AnswerHonor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
There is no cure for fructose intolerance, but doctors have identified the gene that causes it. You can be tested to determine if you are a carrier and what your odds may be of passing the disease to your children. If you have fructose intolerance, you can minimize your symptoms by avoiding foods that contain fructose. Try to avoid sugar, soft drinks, desserts, and fruits like cherries, apples, grapes, and pears.
9 AnswersScott H. Sicherer, MD, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, answered on behalf of The Mount Sinai Health System
First, it is important to make sure that an accurate diagnosis has been made. Recent expert panel guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of food allergy in the United States underscore the importance of proper diagnosis. Make sure to work with your doctor, preferably a board certified allergist, to make sure that you know what foods need to be avoided and how to manage symptoms and allergic reactions.
I believe that people with food allergy should be able to do what everyone else does except for eating the food to which they are allergic. However, keeping safe by avoiding the food that you're allergic to is not simple and requires a lot of education. Briefly, areas of special education about food avoidance include reading ingredient labels on manufactured products, understanding how to get safe meals in a restaurant, understanding food avoidance at home including avoiding cross contact of foods with allergens, and, for children, special issues for schools and camps.
The other major issue with living with food allergy is to learn how to recognize symptoms and treat them. The primary treatment for a severe allergic reaction is epinephrine which, for people with severe allergies, is carried at all times as a self injector. Talk to your doctor about when and how to use this life-saving device. For children, an adult must be knowledgeable about recognizing and treating symptoms. Consider obtaining medical identification jewelry as well. Sometimes living with a severe food allergy can take a nutritional, social and emotional toll on the individual and family. Be sure to talk to your doctor about this as well, to consider advice from dietitians, mental health professionals, and other resources.
The current treatment is therefore avoiding the food and being ready to treat with medications in the event of a severe allergic reaction. However, the good news about food allergy is that many future therapies are under study.
Additional resources are available through the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, Food Allergy Initiative, and the Consortium of Food Allergy Research.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.