Food is frequently the trigger of commonly encountered primary care allergic problems. This paper includes a review of the prevalence, immunology and pathophysiology, manifestations, and factors that influence the development of food allergy. The focus is on the delayed or cyclic reaction. History and associated physical findings are identified. Diagnosis and recommendations for management of the disease process, including lifestyle impact, are discussed.
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