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Do I have to complete the online allergy assessment form before I can have a consultation with FANS?

Yes. A detailed allergy focused clinical history forms the main part of the diagnosis of food allergy and the information from this tool is essential baseline information for FANS.

Do I have to get a referral from a GP or other doctor?

Yes, as it is important that a physical examination is carried out as part of the overall allergy assessment process and FANS need to be are aware of any underlying medical or psychosocial conditions that may affect management.

Why is the service only for children?

Whilst Lisa studied allergy relating to both children and adults, she has only worked as a paediatric dietitian over the last 22 years for the NHS and hence does not feel able to provide dietetic support to adults.

Do I have to bring my child to the consultation?

It is not essential for you to bring your child, although it is helpful for Lisa to observe them for signs of atopy i.e. eczema, rashes, rhinitis etc. If they are older, it would help to be able to talk to them directly about how to manage their suspected food allergy and what they will and won’t change.

Why are the consultations only on Monday or Tuesday mornings?

Lisa works for the NHS the other days of the working week and has school aged children to look after. Some follow up consultations by email and telephone can be conducted out of hours on a Monday.

Do I have to take part in the research?

No. The research project hasn’t started yet and once it does, you will be provided with information explaining what it involves. You will have to sign a form to say that you are happy to be part of it. If you don’t want to, you can still receive support by FANS.

What is the difference between a food allergy and intolerance?

A food allergy means that the reaction your baby or child gets to food involves the immune system. It can be an immediate-type reaction, known as IgE mediated allergy or a more delayed-type reaction, usually involving gut symptoms, known as non-IgE mediated allergy. This type of reaction is often incorrectly called an intolerance. The term intolerance however implies that the immune system is not involved, such as in lactose intolerance, which occurs as a result of not having enough of the enzyme lactase in the gut. Symptoms of lactose intolerance do not include vomiting, constipation, skin or breathing problems.

"Our mission is to provide a patient-centred service that supports early recognition,
diagnosis and treatment of food allergy in children, thereby enhancing quality of life"
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