The only proven treatment for a food allergy is to avoid the food. Other treatments, including allergy shots and probiotics, have not been proven to help with food allergies.
If your child has a problem with cow’s milk formula, your health care provider may suggest trying a soy-based formula or something called an elemental formula, if it is available.
If you suspect that you or your child has a food allergy, see an allergy specialist.
If you have symptoms on only one area of the body (for example, a hive on the chin after eating the food), you may not need any treatment. The symptoms will likely go away in a brief time. Antihistamines may relieve the discomfort. Soothing skin creams can also provide some relief.
Talk to your health care provider if you think you have had an allergic reaction to food, even if it is only a local reaction.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with a food allergy should carry (and know how to use) injectable epinephrine at all times. If you develop any type of serious or whole-body reaction (even hives) after eating the food:
- Inject the epinephrine.
- Then go to the nearest hospital or emergency facility right away, preferably by ambulance.