Food allergies

If you are concerned that you may be allergic or have an adverse reaction to a specific food or group of foods, the Board Certified Allergists/Immunologists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists are specially trained and have extensive experience in evaluating and diagnosing your reaction to foods.  Known in the region as caring for the most high risk food allergic patients, the allergists of A&AS regularly supervise food testing and food challenges.  Food challenges may be performed in our offices or a hospital setting so the patient can be closely monitored.

Foods that cause most food allergies:

  • Cow’s Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Tree nuts

Symptoms of a food allergy:

  • Cough, wheeze, or shortness of breath
  • A rash or red, itchy skin
  • Stuffy or itchy nose, sneezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Vomiting, stomach cramps or diarrhea
  • Swelling of skin or angioedema 

Signs of a serious allergic reaction to food: Call 911

  • Hoarseness, throat tightness, or a lump in the throat
  • Wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing
  • Tingling in the hands, feet, lips or scalp

Examination

Your examination at A&AS for food allergies will include skin tests for appropriate foods.  Within 20 minutes, skin testing results will confirm which food(s) likely trigger your symptoms. 

Food challenges

Some patients may outgrow their food allergies even though their skin test and/or blood test results remain positive.  The allergists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists may recommend a food challenge where the patient schedules a visit to the office and, in a closely monitored medical environment, the patient consumes the food(s) that have previously caused allergic reactions. The absence of a reaction will confirm the patient is no longer allergic.  A food challenge may also be done at a hospital under the supervision of one of our allergists.