Milk, eggs, peanuts and seafood – it turns out you may not be allergic to them after all. A new study released by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommends new guidelines that challenge the methods used in diagnosis, testing and treatment of food allergies – as well as the percentage of Americans that have food allergies at all. The results of the study are intended for use by doctors, but may also help patients who have been living with overly restrictive diets. But don’t start binging on forbidden fruit yet. Doctors on the study panel were careful to stress that people with known food allergies should continue to practice care and have access to self-injectable epinephrine in the event of anaphylaxis. Do you have food allergies? How do you cope? What’s the difference, if any, between being food allergic or food intolerant?
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