New Rules for Diagnosing Food Allergies
Interview: Wesley Burks, MD, chief of pediatric allergy and immunology
Duke University Medical Center Center
New food allergy guidelines for physicians make diagnosing and treating kids with food allergies easier.
Pediatric immunologist Wesley Burks, MD, specializes in pediatric allergies at Duke University Medical Center, and he helped author the new national guidelines. Dr. Burks tells Sound Medicineís Dr. David Crabb that the new rules could lead to fewer cases diagnosed.
Specifically, he says blood tests and skin tests are not enough; a detailed exam, a medical history, and perhaps a food "challenge" are needed to make an accurate diagnosis.
Wesley Burks is chief of pediatric allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center Center and co-author of the new food allergy guidelines.