How is a food allergy treated?
Food allergies are treated most commonly either by completely avoiding the allergen or, in some cases, immunotherapy (or desensitization). Immunotherapy is recommended and performed by allergists. Immunotherapy is not a cure, but can readjust the immune system response enough to allow children and adults to safely consume foods they were previously allergic to.
Anaphylaxis, the most extreme allergic reaction, is an emergency and needs to be treated as such. Anyone with food allergies should have epinephrine (e.g. EpiPen) prescribed to them and carry this pen with them to be used in the case of anaphylaxis.
Some children with multiple food allergies also have eosinophilic esophagitis or other disorders. The Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Diseases Program (GEDP) is a multidisciplinary program that cares for children with eosinophilic inflammation of their intestines, otherwise called, eosinophilic gastrointesinal diseases (EGIDs) that include eosinophilic esophagitis, eosinophilic gastritis, eosinophilic gastroenteritis and eosinophilic colitis. Many children with EGIDs have food allergies and could benefit from the GEDP.
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s food allergies?
Allergy specialists at Children's Hospital Colorado are leaders in allergy research and treatments. In conjunction with the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and National Jewish Health, our allergy specialists at the Children’s Colorado are on the forefront of evaluating new methods of allergy testing and new medications for allergy treatment.
In our clinics, extensive diagnostic testing is available for both infants and older children. We believe a multidisciplinary approach to allergy management is the best way to improve quality of life for our young patients. Here at Children's Colorado, your allergist will work with an experienced team including doctors, nurses, dieticians, social workers, child life specialists and therapists. Allergists also work closely with other specialists, including gastroenterologists, to provide appropriate diagnostic evaluation and to best manage your child’s allergies.