Food Allergies - McGovern Allergy And Asthma Clinic

Food Allergies

Food Allergies

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Food allergies affect many children and adults. Symptoms include itching, swelling, rash, shortness of breath, and abdominal pain within minutes of ingesting the culprit food. In some cases, patients can develop a severe allergic response called anaphylaxis. Having an allergist manage food allergies is very important.

Our doctors can perform allergy testing to different types of foods and thoroughly assess your risk of developing an allergic reaction. They will give individualized anaphylaxis action plans to prepare you to manage food allergy reactions at home, at work, or at school. They will educate you on how to read food labels and how to avoid specific food groups. When appropriate, they may offer food challenges in clinic, which provides a safe and supervised environment to test your tolerance to the suspected food.

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