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Different Types of Food Allergies (Free Patient Handout)

This free two-page handout explains the different types of allergic reactions to foods.

  • IgE Mediated Food Allergies 
  • Non-IgE Mediated Food Allergies 
  • Symptoms and Treatments
  • Cross-Reactivity and Oral Allergy Syndrome
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
  • Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES)
  • Allergic Proctocolitis





This handout is available with a Creative Commons License. It is free to download, copy and share with other parents, patients, at health fairs, in physician offices or other places where this information will be helpful. Physicians are welcome to upload into their electronic health record system.


It has been written in an "easy-to-read" format to help with better understanding anaphylaxis, how to avoid it, and how to be prepared to treat it.


Print copies are available for physicians' offices, health fairs and other group uses.



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Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). AAFA is the largest and oldest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to asthma and allergies. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Our online community includes public blogs. To post a comment, you will need to register or sign in. Registered members have access to additional specialized support forums for food allergies. Registration is free!

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This was a great article!  Very clear and concise descriptions and great presentation format!  This emphasis on the different types I've never seen stressed before.  It would be very helpful to further understanding by also knowing what is the percentage of IgE mediated vs. non-IgE mediated food allergies.  I hope that additional information can be posted in a comment or follow-up blog entry.  Thank you!

Anne B.

Kids With Food Allergies
A Division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1235 South Clark Street Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: 1-800-7-ASTHMA (1.800.727.8462)
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