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what is the most accurate test method to identify allergy?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
28 years experience Internal Medicine
It depends on the: Allergy. For foods It is challelenge unless severe then blood tests,otherwise scratch tests are usually most reliable
Answered on Aug 15, 2017
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Dr. Natalie Sieb
14 years experience Family Medicine
There are two: Skin testing (prick/puncture and intradermal) and RAST (radioallorsorbent) testing are the only truly reliable tests for allergies and these need to be performed by an allergist who is not only trained in performing the test but in interpreting the results as well. Keep in mind you may test positive for something that you don't actually react to or need intradermal testing as well as prick testing
Answered on Jun 22, 2014

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