Food allergies happen when your body recognizes part of a food protein to be foreign and dangerous. In reality, we know these foods are not dangerous to most people but when you have a food allergy, a specific antibody in your blood, called IgE, identifies that food protein as dangerous to the body and tries to eliminate it. Once that food protein is ingested, perhaps a peanut or a sip of milk, you can rapidly undergo a systemic allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. This reaction can be dangerous and life threatening.
If you suspect you might have a food allergy, our Providers can help. Thorough history taking, food diaries, allergy skin testing, possible blood tests and ultimately an in-office food challenge can help with the diagnosis of food allergies. An appointment with one of our Providers is the first step in identifying a food allergy. The next steps would be a customized plan which would likely include avoidance, prescribing an epinephrine injector, but also could include food oral immunotherapy.