Food allergy is a public health problem that affects children and adults and may be increasing in prevalence. Currently, there is no treatment for food allergy; the disease can only be managed by allergen avoidance or treatment of symptoms. The diagnosis of food allergy also may be difficult because non-allergic food reactions, such as food intolerance, are often mistakenly classified as food allergies.
To address these concerns, NIAID worked with 34 professional organizations, federal agencies, and patient advocacy groups to develop concise clinical guidelines for healthcare professionals on the diagnosis and management of food allergy and the treatment of acute food allergy reactions.
Read the FAQ about the guidelines.
Read or download a copy of the independent, systematic literature review which was used in conjunction with consensus expert opinion to develop the guidelines.
See a list of resources and dates of public presentations about the guidelines.
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Last Updated April 03, 2012
Last Reviewed March 15, 2010