London: Food allergy seems to be in themind, for researchers claim millions of people wrongly believethat they`ve a food allergy whereas in reality just a fractionsuffer from a genuine problem. A new study has revealed that although 20 percentof adults in Britain -- around ten million -- claim they areunable to eat foods from milk to mustard, fewer than two percent actually have a problem.
"Self-diagnosis and other diagnostic tests notconducted by qualified medical professionals are not reliable.Food allergy is usually investigated via a skin prick test bya medical professional with access to the patient`s clinicalhistory, sometimes in conjunction with a period of eliminatingthe suspect food. "Parents who believe their child has a food allergymay feel anxious about their health and go to great lengths toensure their child avoids certain foods. Children are moreprone to nutritional problems when foods are excluded from thediet so it`s even more critical that they receive a correctdiagnosis," lead author Dr Carina Venter said.PTI
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