What Type Of Testing Will Confirm My Food Allergy?

Testing for Food Allergies

A food allergy is caused by the abnormal response of the body to food protein that is triggered by the immune system while food intolerance is the term used for non-allergic food hypersensitivity.

The first step to managing food allergies is to undergo a test with your doctor, allergist or immunologist so that a complete diagnosis of your  eating habits and symptoms can be made and appropriate medications or prevention methods be applied.

During Your Consultation

What Type Of Testing Will Confirm My Food Allergy

  • The doctor will ask about your symptoms and which foods seem to cause problems.
  • You will need to tell them of any family history of food allergies or other allergies.
  • A physical examination is also required to rule out other medical problems.
  • Allergy tests are usually performed by an allergist, doctor or a trained nurse practitioner.
  • Depending on your results, you may be advised to undergo more advanced testing

A skin test and a blood test are the likely tests for a food allergy. The scratch test is the most common skin test where the doctor or nurse scratches the skin with a small amount of liquid extract of an allergen (food or pollen). The allergist observes the skin for 15 minutes to see if reddish, raised spots form as this would indicate an allergy.

If you are allergic to several things or if it’s not clear what triggers your allergic reactions, several different allergens will be rubbed on your skin all at the same time.

For the blood test, a blood sample is taken and sent to the laboratory for analysis. This test results measures the amount of allergy-type antibodies are present in the bloodstream.

If the results are still unclear from both skin and blood testing, an allergist might suggest a food test. Under strict supervision, your allergist will ask you to ingest the potential food allergen in increments while they watch for any allergic reactions.

Identifying which certain foods trigger an allergic reaction proves to be a challenge for most doctors. Your health care provider would have to make an assessment based from your history. It would help a lot if you write in your food diary daily. List down everything you eat and make sure you include whatever reactions you have to certain foods. This is crucial in determining your trigger foods.

Your doctor may also ask you to write a food diary to list everything you eat and make note of any reactions you have. They may also advise you to go on an elimination diet so that certain foods can either confirmed or be ruled out as the cause of your allergy.

To learn more ways to help you manage your food allergy by reading our article:
“Tips on How to Manage Food Allergies”.

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