About this Research Topic
Food allergy affects approximately 6-8% of the pediatric population and its prevalence has been steadily increasing in recent years. Food allergy represents a major public health problem, especially in industrialized countries.
The immune pathogenesis of food allergy is very complex and is based on the interaction between environmental and genetic factors. A detailed clinical history, combined with skin prick tests and/or food-specific IgE and an oral provocation test with the culprit food, is essential for accurate diagnosis of food allergy. To date, there is no cure for food allergy. Its management usually includes a strict elimination diet and the availability of emergency medication. Therefore, it is evident how research in the pediatric food allergy field represents a priority to expand scientific knowledge and study innovative management strategies in this regard. Emerging therapies are focused on a more active approach to food allergy management which includes the early introduction of potentially allergenic foods and immunotherapy with food allergens.
The aim of this Research Topic is to provide an overview on pediatric food allergy, highlighting novel horizons in the field regarding prevention, diagnosis and therapy.
The submission of the following article types is welcome: Original Research, Review, Systematic Review, Perspective, Mini Review, Hypothesis and Theory, Clinical Trial, Case Report, Classification, Technology and Code, and Brief Research Report articles covering the field of food allergy in pediatrics.
Keywords: food allergy, pediatrics, basophil activation test, component resolved diagnosis, desensitization, immunotherapy
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