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Some food allergies in children go undetected
Date: 2012-09-14 22:59:25

Not enough youngsters are taking a blood test for food allergies, according to research appearing in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

A random survey of children who displayed allergy symptoms showed that only 70 percent had been diagnosed, and more than 30 percent of those had not been properly tested to verify their diagnosis. In addition, kids living in low income communities had a greater chance of having an undiagnosed allergy to foods such as eggs, milk, peanut, sesame, soy, shellfish or wheat.

"If you suspect your child has eaten something they're allergic to and you don't see a visible sign of a reaction, you need to think about what might be going on," said Ruchi Gupta, a Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine professor of pediatric care and a physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that a positive result from a blood test for allergies can result from sensitivities to allergens from some drugs, pollen, dust, insects, mold and animal dander, in addition to certain foods.

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Milk allergy may cause trouble in children's ears, noses and throats
Date: 2012-08-08 16:43:51
People who have a milk allergy, which may be diagnosed with the help of a lab test, may experience a range of symptoms when they consume dairy products, including vomiting and irritability. New research, published in the journal Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, suggests that children who have cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) may also be vulnerable to complications of the ears, nose and throat.... Full Story

Homeowners are more likely than renters to minimize household allergens
Date: 2012-08-06 13:24:03
A lab test to identify one's allergy profile is the first step to properly addressing allergies and preventing hypersensitive reactions in the future. One of the next steps would be to minimize the number allergens in one's home. However, researchers from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) discovered that individuals with allergies are less likely to take appropriate action in the house if they rent, rather than own, the residence.... Full Story

Scientists are developing a treatment for egg allergy
Date: 2012-07-20 13:52:33
Eggs are one of the most common triggers of food allergies. While some children outgrow this condition by the age of 5, others have problems into adulthood. A lab test can help determine whether this food is safe for an individual to eat.... Full Story

Caregivers need more education on food allergies, study finds
Date: 2012-07-12 15:37:27
The number of children who have received positive lab tests for food allergies has increased dramatically in recent years, but many parents and caregivers still have trouble dealing with children who have these conditions, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.... Full Story

Food allergies are most common in urban youths
Date: 2012-06-08 15:43:22
Parents living in urban areas may want to consider seeking blood testing to have their children checked for food allergies. New evidence suggests that city-dwelling youths are more likely to have food allergies than their rural counterparts.... Full Story

Researchers develop new method to evaluate food allergy treatments
Date: 2012-05-15 16:02:27
Individuals who have received blood tests indicating they are allergic to certain foods have more to worry about than just that specific item. Certain allergies are known as cross-reactive, which means that exposure to one trigger may set off a reaction to other types substances.... Full Story

Few patients with nut allergies can identify their food triggers
Date: 2012-03-15 16:01:07
When a person receives a positive lab test for a nut allergy, doctors urge them to stay away from the nut that triggers their symptoms. However, new evidence suggests that few individuals are able to identify they types of nuts to which they are allergic.... Full Story

Researchers develop blood test for common food allergy
Date: 2012-03-09 17:06:28
A team of researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital has identified a biomarker that may be used to develop blood tests for a common food allergy. The investigators say this could improve diagnosis and treatment of the condition.... Full Story

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