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Allergy Testing for Food Sensitivities

If you have ever experienced an allergic reaction, you might have a good idea of the cause. However, to get an accurate diagnosis that leads to effective treatment, you should undergo food allergy testing. Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center has provided allergy testing for countless patients in Atlanta and across Georgia. Our experienced team can help allergy sufferers determine whether they need a food allergy test or food sensitivity test.

What Are Your Food Allergy Testing Options?

There are a couple of commonly-used options used to identify food allergies – professional testing, conducted by an allergy doctor, and home testing. In reality, both food allergy and food sensitivity testing typically refer to the same thing. But the approaches may vary.

Professional Food Allergy Testing

An allergist will usually test for allergies using skin-prick, oral-challenge or blood tests. These tests are typically used for the most common type of allergy called an IgE-mediated food allergy.

  • Skin-prick test – Allergens are placed on the surface of the skin and a needle pricks the surface. If you have an allergy to the substance, you should see a red bump or rash.
  • Blood test – A sample of blood is taken and sent for laboratory analysis. The levels of antibodies are measured to see if an allergic response has been triggered.
  • Oral-challenge test – An allergist gives small amounts of food to a patient over one hour. Food amounts are gradually increased while the patient is monitored for allergic reactions.

If testing confirms you have an allergy, your doctor may recommend avoidance, medication or food allergy desensitization.

Home Allergy Testing

Home allergy tests usually require a blood sample. While this type of testing may be convenient, results can be inaccurate and yield false positives. Many tests may indicate they monitor high levels of IgG that cause bloating and digestion problems. However, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) indicates there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims. While the promise and convenience of these home tests are appealing to consumers, the claims of many companies have not yet been proven.

What Are the Next Steps After Food Allergy Testing?

Working with an allergist ensures you receive a customized treatment plan after testing. Food allergy treatment options can vary depending on the diagnosis and those treatments may not necessarily require you to permanently stop eating certain foods. For example, treatments like oral immunotherapy can desensitize your immune system, allowing you to consume the food(s) without concerns over an allergic reaction.

Contact Us for Professional Food Allergy Testing

If you experience an allergic reaction to a type of food, it is important to get professional allergy testing. Chacko Food Allergy Treatment Center conducts food allergy testing from our treatment centers in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth and Johns Creek. For assistance, call (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment online.

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