Peanuts are among the most common food allergens in the United States, according to NIAID.

New Food Allergy Guidelines Aid Diagnosis

The NIAID guidelines assist health professionals in diagnosing and managing food allergies and treating acute allergic reactions.

"Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States" is a new release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID, an NIH institute), which worked with 34 professional organizations, federal agencies, and patient advocacy groups to develop them. Intended for use by health care professionals who will diagnose and manage food allergy cases and/or treat acute food allergic reactions, the guidelines offer definitions, recommendations, and helpful resources.

About one in every 20 children and one in every 25 adults has a food allergy, according to NIAID, which says the problem "may be increasing in prevalence." The problem is addressed through allergen avoidance and treatment of symptoms. "The diagnosis of food allergy also may be difficult because non-allergic food reactions, such as food intolerance, are often mistakenly classified as food allergies," the agency notes.

Recommendations explain how to diagnose food allergies, including the tests to use; how to manage non-life-threatening reactions; and how to diagnose and manage potentially life-threatening food-induced anaphylaxis and other acute reactions.

The most common food allergens in the United States are eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, crustacean shellfish, fish, and soy.

An anaphylaxis emergency action plan in PDF format from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is available at the NIAID food allergy website.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - May 2019

    May 2019


      Why Pick a PAPR? 
      Fire Safety: Plan, Prevent, Train, Recover
      The Truth About Heat Stress and FRC
      Underestimated No More
    View This Issue