Predicting the course of food allergies

Published Online: March 1, 2016

Food allergies are increasingly common and can cause life threatening allergic reactions and significantly impair quality of life of patients and their families. Food allergies resolve at different times and prognostic information regarding the timing of resolution is helpful for patients and clinicians.

Savage et al. report in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, a review of the literature on the natural history of food allergy. They describe factors that are associated with early resolution of the allergy as well as persistence. These clinical and laboratory factors can provide prognostic information on a population and individual level and improve patient care.

Like other fields in medicine, Allergy is moving towards a personalized approach to patient care. In this review, the authors present evidence that an individual patient’s food allergy course can be predicted based upon their medical history and laboratory evaluation. This information has the potential to improve the care of the food allergic patient.

The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice is an official journal of the AAAAI, focusing on practical information for the practicing clinician.

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