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Medical News & Perspectives
February 10, 2010

New Item on Pediatric Menu: Food Allergy

JAMA. 2010;303(6):497-498. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.73

Several years have passed, but pediatrician Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, still remembers a particular patient with severe eczema. Gupta prescribed high-dose steroid creams and, when the child's condition did not improve, she referred him to a dermatologist. Higher-dose steroid cream did not help. The mystery was solved when the child's mother mentioned that the eczema began to clear up when her son briefly stopped eating eggs.

“I sent him to an allergist,” Gupta recalled. “He got tested and not only was he allergic to eggs, but to a number of other things that were probably in his diet.”