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Friday, April 24, 2009

Sensible Comments on Allergies

In all the morass of disinformation on the internet, it's always nice to come across sensible and correct advice.

Kate Goshorn wrote on a topic of interest to us in Nurse practitioner answers some frequently asked food-allergy questions. I especially like the first answer.

Q: How are food allergies different from food sensitization and desensitization?

A: A food allergy really happens with every ingestion. You cannot eat cheese one day and not tolerate milk the next and think it’s a cow’s milk allergy. Sensitization to food is a positive allergy test without a history of an allergic reaction. At one point in time your body recognized that as an allergen, but not to the point where it would make you ill. Sensitization is a process where people can eat the food in prescribed doses and can tolerate it, but they must eat it every day. However, if you stop eating the food, your allergy will re-emerge. That is not what we want overall for families. What we want for the children is tolerance. Tolerance means a person can eat the food in any amount at any time.

You would not believe the number of emails I've received from people who tell me they can have one kind of milk product one day but "react" to a different one the next day, even if that one has more lactose or protein than the first.

That's just impossible if you truly have a problem.

Read the rest of the article as well. It's good advice.

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