Food Allergy: Common Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment
Host: Darryl S. Chutka, M.D. @ChutkaMD
Guest: Gerald W. Volcheck, M.D.
Food allergy is an immune reaction that develops following ingestion of sometimes even a very small amount of the offending food product. It’s thought to occur in up to 4% of adults and is not to be confused with a food intolerance, which is much more common. It’s important to recognize patients who develop a food allergy as they can develop not only relatively benign problems such as GI symptoms or hives, but also more severe and potentially life-threatening conditions such as bronchospasm or even anaphylaxis. What are the most common foods that produce allergies? How should these patients be evaluated and how do we manage them? Our topic for this podcast is “Food Allergy” and these are some of the questions I’ll be asking our guest, Gerald W. Volcheck, M.D., from the Division of Allergic Diseases at the Mayo Clinic.