Scientific article

Food allergy in childhood (infancy to school age)

Published inChemical immunology and allergy, vol. 101, p. 38-50
Publication date2015

Food allergy is a potentially life-threatening condition affecting almost 10% of children, with an increasing incidence in the last few decades. It is defined as an immune reaction to food, and its pathogenesis may be IgE mediated, mixed IgE and non-IgE mediated, or non-IgE mediated. Potentially all foods can cause food allergy, but a minority of foods are responsible for the vast majority of reactions reported. A good clinical history is crucial for an accurate diagnosis. Allergy tests, including the skin prick test and measurement of specific IgE antibodies, are useful tools in the case of IgE-mediated or mixed allergy but have not been shown to be of any help in delayed allergic reactions to foods.

  • Amelogenesis Imperfecta/complications/epidemiology/immunology
  • Animals
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dietary Proteins/adverse effects/immunology
  • Enterocolitis/complications/epidemiology/immunology
  • Food Hypersensitivity/complications/diagnosis/epidemiology/immunology
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural/complications/epidemiology/immunology
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin E/immunology
  • Infant
  • Milk/adverse effects/immunology
  • Nails, Malformed/complications/epidemiology/immunology
  • Proctocolitis/complications/epidemiology/immunology
  • Skin Tests
Citation (ISO format)
BERGMANN, Marcel, EIGENMANN, Philippe. Food allergy in childhood (infancy to school age). In: Chemical immunology and allergy, 2015, vol. 101, p. 38–50. doi: 10.1159/000371666
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ISSN of the journal0079-6034

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