Panel develops new guidelines for treating food allergies

Food allergies are a huge public health threat.

However, for the first time, a panel of experts has agreed on the best way to diagnose and manage the problem.

One in 25 people suffer from food allergies.

In some cases, food allergies can lead to anaphylaxis, a severe and even deadly reaction.

But now there's help.

New guidelines developed by a panel of experts will help doctors better diagnose and treat food allergies.

More than 43 recommendations are listed, including how to diagnose a food allergy, and which tests are most effective.

The recommendations also include common allergy-causing foods and their symptoms, and how to manage non-life threatening allergic reactions, as well as potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Though it's unclear why, experts believe food allergies are on the rise.

The most common aggravators include peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, milk, and eggs.

Food allergies are more common in children than adults.

Fortunately, most children will outgrow their allergy to eggs, milk, soy, or wheat.

There is no cure for food allergies. If you think you've suffered a reaction to food, talk to your doctor, and be sure your doctor knows about the new guidelines.

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