Food Allergies

The food allergies have been increasing in most Western countries in the past 20 years, especially among young children. When you have a food allergy, your body’s immune system overreacts to a specific protein in that food and causes symptoms of food allergy. 

Dr. Offengenden understands the unique challenges that patients with food allergies face on daily basis. She will work with you to develop the best treatment plan for you or your child. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symptoms

  • Itchy mouth 

  • Vomitting

  • Rashes

  • Facial swelling

  • Shortness of breath

  • Life threatening anaphylaxis

These symptoms usually occur within a short time of eating the food.

Delayed symptoms that may be caused by food allergies include:

  • Vomitting

  • Diarrhea

  • Absorption and other digestive problems

Dr. Offengenden has spend an extensive part of her career treating and taking care of patients with food allergies in US and Israel. Through careful evaluation and diagnosis she can develop a treatment plan that is designed to make living with food allergies easier and safer.

During your visit Dr. Offengenden will do the following:

  • Check medical history focusing on reactions to foods

  • Diagnostic skin testing to foods

  • Sometimes specific blood tests -RAST or IGE to foods will be ordered

  • Oral Food Challenge  - the gold standard test for food allergy. It will be performed only for the patients that have had a prior consultation with Dr. Offengenden. 

Treatment Options

The first steps in treating food allergies is avoidance and being prepared to recognize and treat allergic reactions. Dr. Offengenden will review and develop emergency action plan including use and administration of injectable epinephrine (EpiPen). In recent years treatment options have become available to patient with food allergies through oral immunotherapy. Even though Dr. Offengenden does not provide oral immunotherapy in her office at this time, she is well versed in the treatment and will help you find the best place to receive this treatment in Israel.