What is a Food Allergy?
A food allergy results when the immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein – an allergen – as a threat and attacks it. Unlike other types of food disorders, such as intolerances, food allergies are “IgE mediated.” This means that your immune system produces abnormally large amounts of an antibody called immunoglobulin E — IgE for short. IgE antibodies fight the “enemy” food allergens by releasing histamine and other chemicals, which trigger the symptoms of an allergic reaction. (www.foodallergy.org)
FARE Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Plan: http://www.foodallergy.org/faap
For Additional Information:
PHACT’s Medical Advisor is Janet Beausoleil, MD ((Bio)
Main Line Allergy, LLP
"My child has been diagnosed with a food allergy....What do I do now?"
Once you have determined that your child has a true food allergy, PHACT recommends that you take several steps right away:
Read this helpful article from Living Without Magazine regarding "Food and Feelings - Emotional Wellness for Food-Allergic Kids," featuring Denise Bunning, Rhian Morcott, MD, and Gina Clowes.