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how would i get tested for an allergy to wheat?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
22 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Depends on symptoms: An allergist can help you figure out what tests are best depending on your symptoms. There are many kinds of wheat reactions: allergy, gluten intolerance, and other wheat intolerances. Different tests are used for each. Most are blood tests, but sometimes a wheat challenge is necessary to determine what is going on.
Answered on Apr 20, 2013
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Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Many options: The best ways to test for wheat allergy are skin testing and blood testing. Both methods are effective, both should be ordered by a board-certified allergist. Blood testing is looking for ige to wheat--many doctors are now ordering igg to various foods, but these tests are not valid/reliable.
Answered on Nov 19, 2012

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