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An elimination diet is one common treatment option for eosinophilic oesophagitis. It is important to speak with a qualified Allergist/Gastroenterologist, and have a Dietitian experienced in food allergy before undertaking an elimination diet. The elimination diet is tailored to the individual. Some individuals may be able to identify specific food(s) that trigger symptoms, but most cannot. More than one food may be involved. Some doctors may suggest removal of up to 6/8 common food allergens (milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut/tree nut, shellfish/fish). Recent studies indicate milk, egg, wheat and soy are the most common food triggers of EoE, and hence some specialists may recommend removal of these 4 food triggers only. There is no test (skin prick test, blood test or patch test) that can reliably indicate the specific food trigger(s) in EoE. With any elimination diet it is important to ensure diet is balanced, growth is maintained and that there is a plan in place to re-assess.
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