According to a recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA. 2010;303(18):1848-1856.), the prevalence of food allergies may be overestimated. While allergists in the United States would agree that food allergy issues seem to be increasing, most would also point out that much of what people consider “food allergy” may instead be a food intolerance or non-allergic issue. Yet, food allergy remains an important problem in children and adults, and can be life threatening. Methods of testing (including skin testing and blood testing) for food allergies have their limits. In some cases a trial of the food under supervision may be necessary to definitively prove whether an allergy is present or not (food challenge testing).
The doctors at San Tan Allergy & Asthma can help determine whether your (or your child’s) symptoms may be related to a food allergy or not and can help identify which foods should be avoided to prevent possible allergic reaction
If you feel like you or your child has experienced an allergic reaction to foods, call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our allergy experts so we may perform allergy testing to determine the source of the reaction.
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