In December 2010, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases published guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of food allergies. This report was developed by a 25-member expert panel to help health care professionals provide better care for patients with food allergy. It is important that patients work with their physicians to accurately diagnose and treat their food allergies according to these guidelines.
The key points from these guidelines are as follows:
- Food allergies are not the same as food intolerance. Food intolerance includes celiac disease and other diseases, like lactose intolerance and food poisoning, which are not mediated by the immune system. Full Entry