Food Allergies: Avoiding Unnecessary Restrictions
September 05, 2017
Food allergies affect 15 million people in America; an estimated 9 million adults and 6 million children. Diagnosis of food allergies involves first recognizing that a food allergy is at work, and then isolating the offending food or food group.
In this recent podcast, Dr. Colleen Adkins, ARC Allergy and Asthma physician, urges patients to avoid diagnosing their own food allergy. She says “Do not diagnose a suspected food allergy on your own. This can lead to unnecessary diet restrictions and poor nutrition.” Instead, she urges those who suspect that they have a food allergy to work with an Allergist to identify the allergen and alleviate symptoms.
If you suspect that you have a food allergy and would like to make an appointment with Dr. Adkins, you have your choice of two locations to be seen. You can make an appointment online or by calling the clinic that is most convenient to you.
For more health tips from ARC doctors, tune into the weekly ARC Healthcare Minute which airs on KLBJ News Radio 590AM/99FM. You can also listen to podcasts from past episodes on the ARC website.