Do you experience frequent itching, rashes, or shortness of breath? If so, you may have allergies. Food allergies are extremely common, but they can be an unpleasant and even dangerous condition, especially if you are unaware of the exact foods you are allergic to. To help ensure your safety and health, Dr. can perform a food allergy test.
Food allergy testing can consist of one or more tests. Some of the most common tests include:
- Skin Prick Test: this test is simple and painless. Our doctor will simply place a drop of liquid food extract on your skin, typically on your forearm or back. The skin is then lightly pricked to help the skin absorb the extract. Within 15 to 20 minutes, a raised bump, much like a mosquito bite, will appear if you are allergic to that food.
- Blood Test: by taking a small blood sample, our doctor looks for the presence of immunoglobulin E (or IgE for short), the antibody that triggers allergy symptoms. While blood tests are effective, they are often more expensive than skin testing, and you may not get your test results for up to two weeks.
If neither of these tests yield results that help determine your food allergy, our doctor may perform another test, such as the oral food challenge or a trial food-elimination diet. Any additional testing should be supervised and monitored by our experienced and trained doctor, as they may result in a more serious allergic reaction.
For more information about food allergy testing in New York, New York, or if you think that you may have a food allergy, please contact our office today.