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A 23-year-old female asked:

I got tested for food allergies the rast method. is this as effective and sensitive as skin prick test to pick up?

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Dr. Justin Greiwe
A Verified Doctoranswered
Allergy and Immunology 13 years experience
Skin vs. RAST tests: Overall skin testing is slightly more sensitive than RAST testing, especially for indoor/outdoor allergens. If your food RASTs are all negative it is unlikely that a skin test will give you any further information. I use skin testing as original diagnostic test then use serum testing to follow food allergies over time. Clinical history must be taken into account, these tests can be inaccurate.

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