Cleveland Clinic Florida’s multidisciplinary team of physicians collaborate to treat food allergies and related allergic disorders. Food allergies are common, affecting around four percent of adults in the United States according to the National Institute of Health.
What is a food allergy?
A food allergy is an inappropriate immune response to an ingested food. Food allergies occur when our immune system misidentifies a food as something dangerous. Food allergies can also manifest with varied symptoms affecting different parts of our bodies, including the skin, the digestive system, and even our circulatory system.
Cleveland Clinic Florida offers a number of treatment options for the diagnosis, testing and management of food-based allergy disorders.
What We Treat
Our multidisciplinary team of physicians treat all food-related allergic reactions, including the eight primary foods that account for 90 percent of allergic food reactions:
- Tree nuts (such as cashews and walnuts)
Cleveland Clinic Florida offers evidence-based diagnostic testing including both skin and blood testing. Both of these tests are useful and require a comprehensive evaluation with history and expert interpretation to avoid misdiagnosis.
Allergy skin testing for food allergies is a simple, commonly performed procedure that can identify a food to which a patient is allergic.
A blood test for food allergies involves having blood drawn and testing it to look for specific antibodies that may react with the food.