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Food allergyfood allergy

Food allergy involves the immune system and symptoms can range from being immediate and life-threatening to chronic but less severe. Symptoms can include:

  • diarrhoea or constipation
  • reflux or vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • wind and/or bloating
  • itchy skin rashes (redness or hives)
  • flare up of eczema
  • itching or tingling of the lips, tongue or throat
  • swelling of the face, eyes or lips
  • difficulty feeding or food refusal in children
  • poor appetite and slow growth in children
  • rhinitis or nasal congestion
  • wheeziness or coughing
  • swallowing or breathing difficulties

Can tests help to diagnose food allergies?:
Tests carried out by a trained doctor may help to make a diagnosis but need to be interpreted by a health professional with the relevant training. Your GP can refer you or your child to a consultant specialist for relevant tests.  Liane can help you to decide whether tests are likely to be helpful and then advise as to what can and cannot be eaten safely. Once the food allergy has been diagnosed, Liane can help you to ensure the diet provides all the necessary nutrition whilst avoiding the relevant foods.

For further support for parents of children with allergies: Liane has been involved in the running of the Oxford Allergy Support Group for parents of children with food allergies in the Oxfordshire area. If you are interested in joining the group, send an email to: allergygroupoxford@gmail.com.