Today, the first Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy were released in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the official journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
“The Guidelines represent a critical scientific analysis of the medical literature on food allergy and provide physicians and other health professionals with the most recent evidence-based information and recommendations on diagnosing and managing food allergies,” said Hugh A. Sampson, MD, FAAAAI. A past-president of the AAAAI, Dr. Sampson made the Guidelines one of his presidential initiatives, chaired a sub-panel and served on the Coordinating Committee overseeing their development.
Development of the Guidelines was a collaborative effort, led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). More than 30 professional organizations representing diverse clinical backgrounds, federal agencies and patient advocacy groups were all involved in the process.
Both a Summary and the full Guidelines supplement are available online at www.jacionline.org.
Although the Guidelines are intended for healthcare professionals, they will be of great interest to many people with food allergies. With guidance from leading expert members, the AAAAI has developed a patient-friendly FAQ sheet to help translate the clinical information. There is also an online Food Allergy Library that contains a collection of patient-friendly links and resources.
Anyone who suspects they have a food allergy should talk to an allergist/immunologist, a doctor with special training to manage allergies and asthma. By visiting the office of an allergist, you can expect an accurate diagnosis, a treatment plan that works and educational information to help you manage your disease. Find an allergist/immunologist in your area with the AAAAI Physician Referral Directory at www.aaaai.org/physref.
Visit www.aaaai.org for more food allergy resources and expert advice from allergists.
The AAAAI represents allergists, asthma specialists, clinical immunologists, allied health professionals and others with a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases. Established in 1943, the AAAAI has nearly 6,500 members in the United States, Canada and 60 other countries.