New food allergy guidelines were released today in order to attempt to provide a more streamlined health plan for people who suffer from food allergies and sensitivities. For more information on what these new guidelines and recommendations mean for doctors and food allergy patients, keep on reading after the jump.
Millions of people nationwide suffer from some form of food allergy, and in attempt to provide these patients with a more standardized and effective manner of care, a panel of experts have created new food allergy guidelines for diagnosis and treatment.
Sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the 43-recommendation guideline was created by a panel of over 30 groups, including advocacy organizations, federal agencies, and professional groups. The new food allergy guidelines were published in the December issues of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
The reason for the guidelines is an attempt to standardize the practices of diagnosing and managing food allergies to provide doctors and patients with high level of care across the board.
Diagnosing food allergies can be a particularly difficult task for health care providers, and by providing them with these new food allergy guidelines they can more easily diagnose the condition and provide the most extensive level of care. Under current practices, children are at risk of being misdiagnosed as having a severe food allergy and put on unnecessary restrictive diets. By combining a thorough physical exam with a detailed medical history, a variety of tests and food challenges, and keeping up with allergies that have the potential to fade, children can lead more normal, healthy lives.
While there is no cure for food allergies, avoidance of allergens and symptom management are the only effective modes of treatment, pinpointing food allergies more effectively can result in a more manageable plan for sufferers and a more thorough diagnostic process for health care providers.
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