Thursday, May 23, 2013

Experts keep an eye out on allergies in Phoenix and FPIES

Imagine being allergic to almost all types of food aside from milk and peanut butter – this is how life is for Tyler Trovato, a 6-year old from St. James, New York. Tyler needs to be hospitalized before he could try any new dish and goes to the emergency room every time he ingests something he's allergic to. The medical field identifies this unique allergy as food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), which may cause vomiting with blood and diarrhea. The loss of blood makes the allergy more severe, forcing the body to enter a state of shock if it loses a fifth of the normal amount of blood, making it a deadly allergy. Experts are on full alert on this strange allergy, advising public awareness, especially since some rare allergies in Phoenix and the rest of Arizona may be related to the category of FPIES. They are yet to develop a cure for this life-threatening allergy but acute cases can be treated with intravenous hydration and can also be outgrown like any other allergy.

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