Food Allergy and Intestinal Problems

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While potentially any food can cause an allergy, the majority of reactions are triggered by milk, eggs, wheat, peanut, soy, nuts, fish and shellfish.  Food allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe and even life-threatening.  The key to treatment is identification of the specific food and being prepared in case of an accidental exposure.  While allergy testing may not be needed to identify the food as the cause was obvious, testing may provide information over time to assess if the food allergy is resolving. Knowledge is power.  Key questions we can help you answer are: Where is this food found?  Will I outgrow this food allergy?  What is my action plan for school or work?  Am I using my self-injectable epinephrine (EpiPen®) correctly?

Esophagus, stomach and intestinal problems

Stomach pain and intestinal problems are common, but only a small percentage are due to allergies.  Food reactions may or may not have associated hives, swelling or respiratory symptoms.  These food reactions may be allergic in origin, an intolerance or another gut disorder.  Allergy testing may be helpful in assessing for allergies, but it may take a team approach with a GI doctor to fully investigate the problem.  Disorders such as eosinophilic esophagitis, eosinophilic gastroenteritis and eosinophilic colitis are diagnosed with a biopsy by a GI doctor; however, an allergic trigger may or may not be contibuting.  Gluten sensitivity can be diagnosed by your primary or GI doctor with blood tests and intestinal biopsy. Skin tests are not useful.