Food Allergies | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • How can I be sure I have a food allergy, not a food intolerance?
  • I have a food allergy. Am I more likely to be allergic to other substances?
  • How do I know if a food is safe for me to eat?
  • If I eliminate a food or a food group from my diet, am I at risk for any nutritional deficiencies?
  • How do I make sure that all members of my health care team know about my allergy?
  • How do I know if my allergic reactions are getting worse?
  • I have a food allergy. Could I be at risk for anaphylaxis?
  • Do I need to carry epinephrine? How do I use it?


Manifestations of Food Allergy: Evaluation and Management by SH Sicherer, M.D. (American Family Physician January 15, 1999,

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00