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how do i get tested for food allergies?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Two ways: Skin testing may be performed by an allergist. Or blood work may be ordered by your doctor.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Several ways: Food allergy testing is driven by one's history. If food allergy is suspected and physician interview confirms this suspicion then food skin testing and / or food blood testing can be performed. Neither of these tests should be done on the absence of an appropriate medical history suggesting food allergy.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
See an allergist: Ask your primary health care provider for a referral to a board-certified allergist who will listen to your story, take a comprehensive history & perform a physical examination before ordering skin or blood allergy tests. Other relevant tests may also be done. Also try your county medical society, www.Aaaai.Execinc.Com/find%2dan%2dallergist/ or www.Acaai.Org/allergist/pages/locate_an_allergist.
Dr. Marc Serota
Dermatology 14 years experience
Allergist: Any board certified allergist. Skin prick and blood testing is available. Here is a link to find one in your area: http://www.certificationmatters.org

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How do I get tested for food allergies? I mean, where do you start?

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Dr. Brian Novick
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See an allergist: After the allergist takes a detailed history(ie. What foods you are concerned about and what reactions you experienced) they will decide if skin testing or blood testing is the best way way to start.
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Do you have to go to allergy specialist to get tested for food allergies?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
No: Your doctor can order blood work for food allergy testing.
Dr. Robert Ramirez
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
I agree, but given the propensity for these tests to give you false positives and false negatives, you should at least see someone that knows how to interpret the results.
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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
I agree. Any doctor can order any test. That's the easy part. Interpretation of results takes the skill and experience of a board certified allergist/immunologist.
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If I shared food with someone who had mono when they were 2, will I get mono?

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Are allergies a autoimmune disorder?

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No : Allergies are not autoimmune disorder. Allergy is the overproduction of ige, the allergy antibody, to various allergens in the environment. Autoimmune disease is different antibodies to "self" antigens.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

Why is my 2 year old daughters stool always a shade of green? I rarely give her juice or food coloring so it cannot be the dye...

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Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam
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Normal!: It is not uncommon in some children. If the stool is formed , child is growing i would not worry about it. It is often from green leafy vegetables, coloring agents in the food or simply due to rapid transit from small intestine to large intestine where it normally is tuned brown.

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