At the present time there is no cure for food allergy but it is a treatable condition best managed with risk reduction.
Food allergy is more common than Insulin Dependent Diabetes, Epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease.
Compromised growth, poorer nutritional status, lower self care, poorer quality of life and possibly lower safety in the community are less likely with accurate diagnosis as there are many common unfounded myths for example:
- Myth 1. Food allergy is uncommon in infancy.
- Myth 2. Allergy tests (Skin Prick Test and specific IgE) have no relevance in early infancy.
- Myth 3. Consumption of milk and dairy products leads to mucus in upper and lower respiratory tract.
- Myth 4. Goat and soy milk are suitable alternatives if cow’s milk protein allergy is suspected.
- Myth 5. The next allergic reaction will be worse than the previous.
- Myth 6.There is egg in the MMR vaccine.
- Myth 7. Egg allergic children should be given their MMR vaccine in hospital.
There are no specific equipment, accommodation or IT requirements for the provision of food allergy services, it’s a cheap, low tech ambulatory specialty, in high demand nationwide.