The Diagnosis of Food Allergies and the Role of Oral Food Challenges was presented March 16 by Dr. S. Shahzad Mustafa, an allergist from the Rochester Regional Health System, University of Rochester.
After going over the basics of food allergies, Dr. Mustafa highlighted what he considers to be the doctor’s most important diagnostic tool for food allergies – a thorough clinical history.
A food allergy diagnosis can lead to quality of life issues, with significant negative effects on social activities, eating and even school attendance, so a correct diagnosis is critical.
He also talked about oral food challenges, which are used to confirm or reject a diagnosis or to confirm a person has outgrown an allergy (typically done when a person has not experienced a reaction in at least a year and his/her IgE levels have become lower).
Dr. Mustapha ended his presentation by answering questions from attendees, covering such topics as:
- anxiety during an oral food challenge and how to deploy it so not to be confused with a food allergic reaction;
- whether epinephrine should still be carried after passing an oral food challenge; and
- how long a person should wait to undergo a second oral food challenge if he/she fails the first one.
- Food Allergy Diagnosis and Testing
- Report from AAAAI: Results from LEAP-On and EAT Studies
- Food Allergy Symptoms
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