Allergic reactions can be triggered by food. They can be very severe reactions or cause delayed symptoms.
Diagnosis can be made with a combination of blood and skin tests, diet challenges and diet restrictions. Your GP may be able to diagnose your food allergy or you may be referred to an immunologist. The Dietitian can be involved in the diagnosis of food intolerances.
Food allergies and intolerances are managed by dietary manipulation through the exclusion of the food which is causing the reaction. The dietitian helps in diagnosing, educating and supporting the patient:
- In following food restrictions
- Identifying and treating possible nutritional deficiencies
- Providing a link between the patient and their GP
- Providing information on external specialist agencies
Contact Allergy UK for more information about allergies.