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Understanding Common Delayed Food Allergy Terms

Part of the Kids’ Food Allergies For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

If your child is diagnosed with a delayed food allergy, you may find yourself confronted with a whole list of medical terms, some of which you may not have encountered previously. The following list gives you some guidance about what the more common terms mean:

  • Colitis: Inflammation of the colon (large intestine)

  • Enteropathy: Inflammation of the small intestine

  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE): Inflammation of the esophagus involving allergy inflammatory cells called eosinophils

  • Food-protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES): Inflammation of the small and large intestine.

  • Proctocolitis: Inflammation of the rectum and colon

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