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Wien Med Wochenschr. 2012 Dec;162(23-24):525-32. doi: 10.1007/s10354-012-0157-1. Epub 2012 Nov 22.

[Food allergy in childhood].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Medizinische Universität Wien, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090, Wien, Österreich.


Food allergies can result in life-threatening reactions and diminish quality of life. The prevalence of food allergies has increased in several regions throughout the world. A few food allergens cover the majority of food-related reactions (milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish, crustacean, nuts and peanut). Immunological mechanisms range between IgE-mediated (most common) and non-IgE-mediated, the latter of which remaining often a clue in the diagnosis. Treatment of food allergy involves strict avoidance of the trigger food. Medications help to manage symptoms of disease, but currently, there is no cure for food allergy.

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