NIH Guidelines on Food Allergy

The NIH guideline is the first consensus document aimed at a broader group of healthcare professionals on how to diagnose and manage food allergy.

Here are some of the hightlights from these guidelines:

  • Early diagnosis can lead to better management of food alergies and reduce the risk of exposure to food antigens.
     
  • Medical history is not enough for diagnosis. The guidelines recommend specific IgE tests for identifying foods that potentially provoke IgE mediated food induced allergic reactions, and states that the predictive values of ImmunoCAP cannot be applied to other systems.
     
  • Follow-up testing can guide decision making regarding whether and when it is safe to introduce or re-introduce allergenic food into the diet and helps ensure a proper management and medication.
     
  • NIH recognizes that the predictive values associated with clinical evidence of allergy for ImmunoCAP cannot be applied to Turbo-MP and Immulite.

To learn more about these guidelines and how they can be translated into clinical practice, please read our brochure "Is it food allergy? Be sure. Be safe".

As in all diagnostic testing, the diagnosis is made by the physican based on both test results and the patient history.