Food Allergies


The Food Allergies Diagnosis Information Page is a collaborative project of NeedyMeds and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It is intended to provide educational information and healthcare cost savings resources for those living with food allergies.

Nearly 15 million Americans are living with food allergies. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. A food allergy occurs when the body's immune system sees a certain food as harmful and reacts by causing symptoms. This is an allergic reaction. Foods that cause allergic reactions are allergens. The allergic reaction can involve the skin, mouth, eyes, lungs, heart, gut and brain. Some of the symptoms can include: skin rash, itching, hives; swelling of the lips, tongue or throat; shortness of breath, trouble breathing, wheezing; stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea. Take all allergic symptoms seriously. Symptoms can lead to a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This reaction usually involves more than one part of the body and can get worse fast. Anaphylaxis must receive treatment right away because it can cause death. Currently there is no cure for food allergies, but prevention and proper care keeps it manageable.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy, and research. AAFA provides practical information, community based services and support to people through a network of Regional Chapters, Support Groups and other Local Partners around the U.S. AAFA develops health education, organizes state and national advocacy efforts and funds research to find better treatments and cures. In addition, AAFA's website provides online access to AAFA's reliable, validated asthma and allergy information and tools to families, patients, parents, healthcare providers, policymakers and others. AAFA works to ensure that all people with asthma and allergies can live a life without limits.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and NeedyMeds neither promote nor endorse the therapies listed below nor the supporters of this page. This page is for educational purposes only.

Medications used in the treatment of Food Allergies

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This page was last updated on 10/15/2021