In my food allergy counseling practice, I see a range of clients with a range of dietary restrictions. In the past few years, I’ve seen more and more clients with EoE, EGID and FPIES. Although FPIES is not an IgE mediated food allergic disease, it is part of the spectrum of illnesses within our food allergic community.
According to Kids with Food Allergies: “FPIES is a non-IgE mediated immune reaction in the gastrointestinal system to one or more specific foods, commonly characterized by profuse vomiting and diarrhea. FPIES is presumed to be cell mediated. Poor growth may occur with continual ingestion. Upon removing the problem food(s), all FPIES symptoms subside. (Note: Having FPIES does not preclude one from having other allergies/intolerances with the food.) The most common FPIES triggers are cow's milk (dairy) and soy. However, any food can cause an FPIES reaction, even those not commonly considered allergens, such as rice, oat and barley."
This weekend, October 20, 2013, is the First Annual FPIES Education Conference hosted by The International Association for Food Protein Enterocolitis (IAFFPE).
More information about this conference is here on their site: http://iaffpe.org/.