Professors Chovan and Cacchillo
IgE-mediated, Food Allergy, Anaphylaxis, EpiPen
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Working as a nurse in a pediatric Allergy/Immunology clinic one would observe that the prevalence and resulting awareness of IgE-mediated food allergies in children has increased over the past decade. Many schools and camps are now going “nut free” and requiring Food Allergy Action Plans from a diagnosing physician. A study by Gupta et al. (2011) estimated 8% of children in the United States have a food allergy. Primary care providers (PCPs) are at the forefront of recognition, diagnosis, treatment and patient education of IgE-mediated food allergies. PCPs can benefit greatly from further education of the current evidence based diagnostic tools available. A review of the pathophysiological concepts of a true IgE-mediated food allergy reaction, and how it differs from non-IgE mediated food allergies can help guide diagnosis, treatment, and indications for referral to an allergist for more specific testing.
Malinky, Melissa M., "Understanding IgE-Mediated Food Allergies" (2016). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship. Paper 163.