Food Hypersensitivity Clinic
Children's Hospital & Medical Center's Food Hypersensitivity Clinic specializes in diagnosing and treating children eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases through a multidisciplinary approach. Our team includes a number of highly trained pediatric professionals including a gastroenterologist, a dietitian and an allergist.
Diagnosis of food allergies is achieved through allergy skin testing and blood testing. In cases in which chronic gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and other health problems exist, an endoscopy may be recommended to determine the presence of allergic blood cells (eosinophils) in the lining of the GI tract, often the source of the GI symptoms.
Treatment of food allergies involves a comprehensive team approach provided under the direction of an allergist, gastroenterologist and dietitian. Treatment may involve a combination of food avoidance and asthma medications to block the allergic response in the GI tract and to relieve symptoms. For children who are extremely sensitive to the food allergen, this may involve the total avoidance of any exposure with the allergen, including touching or inhaling the problematic food as well as touching any surfaces that may have come into contact with it.