Food Allergies

S. L. Taylor, J. L. Baumert

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Food allergies are individualistic adverse reactions, mediated by abnormal responses of the immune system to specific proteins contained in certain foods. Food allergies affect only a small percentage of the population. The symptoms of IgE-mediated food allergies range from mild to severe and life-threatening. Peanuts, tree nuts, crustacean shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, soybeans, and wheat are the most common causes of IgE-mediated food allergies. IgE-mediated food allergies are treated with specific avoidance diets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Food and Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780123849533
ISBN (Print)9780123849472
StatePublished - Sep 14 2015


  • Avoidance diet
  • Food allergy
  • IgE
  • Mechanism
  • Persistence
  • Prevalence
  • Prevention
  • Threshold

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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