August 20, 2015

Is it really an allergy? Find out how to diagnose a food allergy from one Vanderbilt doctor


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. It’s not uncommon for your favorite Southern dishes to include top allergens such as milk, fish, shellfish and wheat.

There is no medication to prevent food allergies, so identifying and avoiding the allergy-causing food is important. Allison Norton, M.D., of the Vanderbilt Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Relief Program, provides tips on how to diagnose and take care of food allergies.

To determine and manage food allergies, you will need to get a skin prick or blood test. See how easy the tests are and what you need to do to prepare.


Learn more about Vanderbilt’s allergy testing today.