Food Allergy Testing
Testing for food allergies can be done through skin prick testing and/or blood testing. Skin testing is considered more accurate. Often for food allergies, physicians may want both skin and blood testing to get a complete picture.
Skin testing to foods is performed by placing a small drop of the allergen usually on your back or forearm and then scratching it slightly to barely break the surface of the skin. Within 20 minutes, you will develop a small whelp to the allergens to which you are allergic. Once we have the results, treatment options will be discussed, and a treatment plan will be developed for you and your lifestyle.
Antihistamines interfere with the testing and must be avoided at least 5 days before skin testing. There is a link under Patient Forms that includes commonly used antihistamines.
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