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Is it food allergy? Differentiating the causes of adverse reactions to food.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11317463     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Foods can produce adverse symptoms in various ways, and the patient's history can help determine whether allergy or some other mechanism is responsible. The history has limitations, however, as it is primarily subjective. Therefore, diagnostic confirmation is very important. Strict avoidance of the allergenic food is the primary course of treatment. Education is imperative to ensure that patients understand food labels and recognize the different names used to designate a specific food. Prompt treatment with epinephrine when an acute reaction occurs can make a life-or-death difference.
J C Guarderas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medicine     Volume:  109     ISSN:  0032-5481     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-24     Completed Date:  2001-05-10     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401147     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  125-7, 131-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Mayo School of Medicine, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Anaphylaxis / diagnosis,  etiology
Diagnosis, Differential
Disease Progression
Drug Hypersensitivity / diagnosis
Epinephrine / therapeutic use
Food Hypersensitivity / diagnosis*,  etiology*,  therapy
Foodborne Diseases / diagnosis
Hypersensitivity, Immediate / diagnosis
Lactose Intolerance / diagnosis
Medical History Taking
Patient Education as Topic
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