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Food Allergy 101: Reactions, Diagnosis, Management, and Epinephrine (Twitter Chat)


Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) hosted a Twitter chat on food allergies on May 11, 2021. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and David Stukus, MD, associate professor and Director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, joined us to answer common questions about food allergy reactions, diagnosis, management, and epinephrine.

Below are some highlights from the chat. To see more, search for the hashtag #FoodAllergy101 on Twitter.

1. What happens inside the body during a food allergy reaction? Are there common symptoms to watch for?

2. What is the most accurate way to diagnose food allergies?

3. What is the difference between a food allergy, food intolerance, and food sensitivity?

4. What are some tips to help people with food allergies safely attend school, play sports, and travel?

5. Epinephrine: What is it? When should it be used? Where should it be injected? Why is it safe? How does it work?

6. What are some self-management tips to help people avoid accidental ingestion of their food allergens?

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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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