In a hope to achieve rapid and accurate diagnosis, there is a need for noninvasive, safe and more accurate tests to be employed in the diagnostic setting of food allergy. The identification and analysis of IgE binding to specific epitopes and the nature of these epitopes (sequential or nonsequential) will allow the prediction of the nature of the clinical reaction as well as the persistence of allergy. Identifying responsible gene(s) of food allergy will definitely facilitate the detection of those at risk and will enable further therapeutic interventions. There is still a need for further clarification about the role of gut flora and the use of probiotics as protector agents against development of food allergies in young infants.
Shereen M. Reda, Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, 110 El-Merghany Street, Heliopolis, Cairo 11341, Egypt. Tel.: +202 2418 7440; E-Mail: email@example.com
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Pediatr Health. 2009;3(3):217-229. © 2009 Future Medicine Ltd.
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