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New Item on Pediatric Menu: Food Allergy

Rebecca Voelker
JAMA. 2010;303(6):497-498. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.73.
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Several years have passed, but pediatrician Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, still remembers a particular patient with severe eczema. Gupta prescribed high-dose steroid creams and, when the child's condition did not improve, she referred him to a dermatologist. Higher-dose steroid cream did not help. The mystery was solved when the child's mother mentioned that the eczema began to clear up when her son briefly stopped eating eggs.

“I sent him to an allergist,” Gupta recalled. “He got tested and not only was he allergic to eggs, but to a number of other things that were probably in his diet.”

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Most physicians know that peanuts are among the 3 most common food allergens in children. Yet many feel they are not adequately trained to care for children with food allergies.



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