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The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments
4/23/13 10:00 AM
 
The future of food allergy: developing new treatments   by Michael H. Land, MD FAAAAI   I'm the father of a food allergic child. If you're reading this, I am guessing you or someone close to you has a food allergy. The minute you found out...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
9/30/12 6:07 PM
 
What You Need to Know About Diagnostic Allergy Testing by David Stukus, MD Whenever I meet with families for the first time and ask the parents whether their child has any food allergies, I often hear the following reply: “I don't...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/5/12 5:26 PM
 
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Recent research shows that the flu shot is tolerated by almost everyone with an egg allergy:  http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=163&title=Is_the_flu_vaccine_safe_for_egg_allergy?   My son gets his flu shot in...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/5/12 5:39 PM
 
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The predictive values for likelihood of an allergy being present differ with every food, but in general, the higher the level, the more likely that an IgE mediated allergy is present. My daughter actually tested negative several times to some things...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/8/12 7:53 AM
 
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My daughter (now 16 years old) was diagnosed at age 2 and had two subsequent positive skin tests to peanuts and tree nuts, but has never had a reaction at all other than her first (to walnut) at about 1 yr old. So I was hoping that the peanut positive...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/3/12 8:18 PM
 
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Thank you for the article. Could you provide additional information regarding EE and testing please?
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/3/12 9:16 PM
 
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Any thoughts or direction on behavioral issues due to food? My now 6 year old daughter never had any stomach issues, eczema, or anything else, but she became absolutely uncontrollable (threatening to kill me, punching, kicking)after a strep infection...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/4/12 7:23 AM
 
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I would say that EE and testing is another complicated topic best addressed with its own blog post in the future and the issue of behavioral reactions to foods is another one outside the scope of what this blog post was intended to cover. Both would...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/4/12 2:11 PM
 
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I had my son tested IgE with an allergist because of his eczema condition.  We knew his allergy to milk at age of one, hives right after 1 oz of whole milk.  He was bs mostly the first 6 months, then alimentum after.  He...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/16/12 9:51 AM
 
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Maggie - I would say discussion about egg free flu shots is outside the scope of this particular blog post - but I can tell you we will be doing a blog post in the near future about egg allergy and flu vaccine, so that should provide some more insight...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/16/12 10:15 AM
 
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Yes, we've been seeing allergists since she was 6 or 9 months old.  We have moved a couple of times and had to switch allergists and it can be confusing, some say lip swelling alone is anaphylaxis, what she had with banana and mustard, and...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 9:54 PM
 
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This is a well well written article and explains the issues involved in diagnosis of food allergies very well!
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 8:59 AM
 
I'd like to thank everyone for posting such wonderful comments. I'd like to address two topics that were mentioned so far:   1. Eczema and food allergies can be a very difficult and complicated topic, which may need it's own blog post...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 9:26 AM
 
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Hi MulanMommy -   It's incredible what food can do to the body - good or bad. In our son's case, he now has severe reactions, borderline anaphylaxis, with dairy, soy, gluten, corn, and tree nuts. He can not even have one bite - or a trace. Still...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 9:25 AM
 
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Thank you for this very detailed explanation. However, I'm not sure I agree with this statement "if your child can eat a food without developing any symptoms, then they are unlikely to be allergic to that food." My son has tested negative to pretty...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 9:50 AM
 
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Wow, that's great information thank you.  I'm just wondering what you suggest since we fall into the category of my son being tested for allergies at a young age due to his eczema; however, he never tried any of the food before. Now we have an...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 12:12 PM
 
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My daughter is now 13 and has always had belly issues.  She had skin and RAST testing done as a toddler with no indications of food allergies.  At 11 her belly isues worsened and RAST testing was redone with nujmerous positive results. ...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 12:12 PM
 
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I think it's important to differentiate between "food allergy" (IgE mediated) and "food sensitivity". Both are immune mediated reactions, but involve different mediators (chemicals). Both are reactions brought on by food and both can make you very...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 2:36 PM
 
We're going to invite Dr. Stukus to reply to some of the questions here. He won't be able to give you medical advice, of course, but he may be able to give out general information about the issues you have brought up.   Eczema is a tough one to...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 2:58 PM
 
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What advice to you give to parents of children with eczema/asthma who may have false positives from IgE testing?  My daughter's IgE numbers are off the charts, and we've been avoiding likely allergens.  The only food she's (accidently)...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 6:56 PM
 
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Jennifer: AGREED!!! DS was tested low score on WHEAT & SOY both skin test and blood test, we never took it seriously only avoided wheat by itself (wheat bread) and soy by itself (tofu, soybean..etc) but since birth he had eczema and stuffy nose...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 7:03 PM
 
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For those of you posting about eczema - you are invited to join us in our Asthma, Eczema and GERD forum as well!  Just log in as you did to comment on this blog, and scroll down the list of forums to find it. Or you can go there directly by...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 12:08 AM
 
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Thank you! What a great resource!
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 8:42 AM
 
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Very concise and to the point, thanks ! I cant remember how many times I have said that test results don't indicate  severity !
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 1:40 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Jennifer Roberge: Thank you for this very detailed explanation. However, I'm not sure I agree with this statement "if your child can eat a food without developing any symptoms, then they are unlikely to be allergic to that food."...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 4:19 PM
 
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Lindsay - right.  Good doctor-patient partnerships are key, especially for complicated cases such as eczema. As Dr. Stukus indicates, the evaluation and care for complicated eczema cases needs to be individualized for the child.   Thank you...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
8/29/13 12:50 AM
 
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My son ate cashews by the handful with absolutely no reaction and then went into anaphylactic shock after eating one.  How does that fit into this?  This stated that if you can eat something without reaction you aren't allergic.  He...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
8/29/13 6:36 AM
 
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Missy24, sorry to hear that your son had a severe reaction to cashew. Unfortunately you can develop allergies at any time, so in his case he was not allergic before but then became allergic.  The article is referring to testing positive to a food...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
1/4/13 9:39 PM
 
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Regarding the MRT and it's usefulness for the treatment of food sensitivities, not food allergies... The absence of a particular type of reference on PubMed does not denote the absence of clinical utility in the treatment of the targeted...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
7/6/13 7:13 PM
 
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Lots of great comments here and hope there is room for a question. Can you discuss puddle testing?
 
The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments
4/17/14 6:20 AM
 
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Great overview! KFA- is there any additional info about the use of Allergen non-specific therapies for EoE? What about accupressure or homeopathics? Thank you!  
 
The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments
4/17/14 4:37 PM
 
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I haven't seen anything specific regarding those.  You could check in the News & Research forum.
 
The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments
4/24/13 11:15 PM
 
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Hi Michael,  Very interesting for us to read as I have more than one grandchild with food allergies!  Congratulations on all your accomplishments and studies. Love from us all,  your old Oxford neighbour!
 
The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments
4/25/13 8:44 AM
 
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Welcome Jessica & Sandra!  We are glad you found KFA.     We hope you will join us on our Support Forums.  We have several forums that may be of interest. Main Forum Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers We even have a new forum...
 
The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments
4/27/13 9:03 AM
 
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We are already doing Chinese Herbal medicine and seeing progress.
 
The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments
4/24/13 8:49 AM
 
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Thanks for this great overview!
 
The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments
4/24/13 11:03 AM
 
Comment by sageone sageone is offline. Click for Member Snapshot.
This gives me hope that my child will eventually be allergy free and his life will not be in danger from a simple item of food! Thank you so much for this great article in layman terms so that we parents can understand it!
 
The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments
4/24/13 11:23 AM
 
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What a great overview! Thank you!
 
The Future of Food Allergy: Developing New Treatments
4/24/13 1:46 PM
 
Fantastic overview of what is on the horizon.  Thank you!