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Fifteen-minute consultation: The EATERS method for the diagnosis of food allergies
  1. Mich Erlewyn-Lajeunesse1,2,
  2. Thomas Weir2,
  3. Lindsay Brown1,
  4. Helen Howells1,
  5. Jennie Rowley3,
  6. Emma Grainger-Allen1,
  7. Charlie Powell4
  1. 1 Department of Paediatric Allergy, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK
  2. 2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  3. 3 Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, UK
  4. 4 The Adam Practice, Poole, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mich Erlewyn-Lajeunesse, Department of Paediatric Allergy University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Southampton UK ; mich.lajeunesse{at}


The EATERS mnemonic is a novel method for taking an allergy focused clinical history. It provides a degree of certainty for diagnosing food allergy and can be used in both IgE and non IgE mediated reactions. EATERS will allow health care professionals to use their existing clinical skills to interpret the history of an allergic reaction, and by doing so will help to make sense of allergy test results.

  • food hypersensitivity
  • diagnosis
  • symptom assessment
  • allergy
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  • Contributors MEL wrote the article. TW conducted the service evaluation as a medical student project with supervision from LB, HH, JR, EGA and CP who were involved in all phases of the project, design recruitment and interpretation of results. All authors have read and commented on the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests MEL is a member of the Milk Allergy in Primary Care (MAP guidelines) group. He has received speaker fees from Danone Nutricia, Mead Johnson, Nestle and Novartis, has undertaken commercial research with Danone Nutiricia, Nestle and AImmune and is a scientific advisor for DBV Technologies. HH has received speaker fees from Danone Nutricia, Mead Johnson, Nestle and Thermo Fisher. CP has received speaker fees from Danone Nutricia and has undertaken commercial research with Nestle. TW, LB, EGA and JR have nothing to disclose.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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