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Food Allergy Guidelines Seek Better Diagnosis and Care

Twenty practice parameters include the first guildelines on food-related anaphylaxis

MONDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- With potentially life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies on the rise, a joint task force from three professional organizations has issued new guidelines aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of IgE-mediated food allergies. The guidelines are published in a March supplement of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Jean A. Chapman, M.D., a chief editor of the practice parameters, and colleagues at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI); the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (JCAAI) prepared the guidelines.

"The guidelines reinforce the need for physicians to think about food allergy as the potential cause of a patient's symptoms, whether it be GI complaints or skin problems," John Oppenheimer, M.D., of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., and a chief editor, said in an ACAAI statement.

The new practice parameters incorporate new research from the past decade and cover prevention and treatment of food allergies, cross-reactivity, food additives, genetically modified foods and other issues. Although previous parameters have addressed anaphylaxis, the document is the first to focus on anaphylaxis in relation to foods, the researchers report.

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