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What Does An Allergist Or An Immunologist Do To Diagnose Food Allergies
A logical approach: The allergist takes a detailed history & then performs a physical examination. Rather than screening food allergy tests more likely to reveal false positives the allergist prefers, when possible, to perform tests relevant to your history. They may be skin or blood tests, sometimes both. If the diagnosis is uncertain oral challenges are performed in a safe setting with appropriate safeguards. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
I have allergist-diagnosed food allergies. Now I'm reacting to ham lunch meat (gas/diarrhea/itchy palate). Could it be a preservative allergy?
Unlikely: Remarkably, allergy to preservatives is extremely rare if it occurs at all. ...Read more
Hello. My allergist told me that based on the symptoms I've experienced due to food allergies that it's not safe for me to do a food allergy test. I'm devastated because I was hoping for the test to provide some sort of confirmation because I'm at a place
Try blood test: Although blood test (ImmunoCap IgE) for food allergy may not be as sensitive to skin test, the results are more specific. In your case, I think blood tests should be obtained first and skin test to follow if blood test turns out to be negative. In double-blind food challenges, many presumed food allergies turned out to be false. Avoiding too many foods may lead to nutritional deficiency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seen several allergists, have multiple food allergies, can only tolerate 5 foods (others trigger asthma) chemical sensitivities. Suggestions?
Allergies : Pick one allergist and work on possible allergy shots or other treatments ...Read more
Probably: You would usually get "shots" for interdermal testing, but most food allergys are not treated with "shots". They are treated with avoidance and oral drops. But the type of testing depends on the allergists. Some allergists use blood tests, others may use challange tests, which others may use interdermal testing. All are accepted methods of diagnosis. ...Read more
How can I find a better trained/more up-to-date allergist? I have asthma. Should I look into a pulmonologist? Could a pulmo. manage food allergies?
Check aaaai.org: You need to find another allergist if you don't feel comfortable with your current one. I doubt that most pulmonologists have had any training or interest in food allergy. Look in the aaaai.org website to find another allergist and cross- reference your findings with those online rating sites. You are frustrated but need to keep trying since there are many well-trained allergists around. ...Read more
Yes: All allergists are trained in both pediatric and adult allergy. Aaaai.Org is website that list board certified allergists in us. Be careful of some doctors who misrepresent themselves as allergists -- ask if they are fellowship trained in allergy, how long was the fellowship (2-3years) and are the board certfied by the american board of allergy and immunology. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have seasonal allergies similar to allergic tension fatigue syndrome. However I have no food allergies. And the neurologist and allergist is stumped?
Allergies: Seasonal allergies usually consist of trees and grasses in the spring and ragweed in the summer. Food allergies Don't necessarily coexist with the seasonal allergies. Has the allergist tested you and tried treating your seasonal allergies with specific shots as well as medications? ...Read more
3yr old h/O failure to thrive/poor growth. Ped GI found IgA 183, ESR 26, calprotectin 165, burr cells 1+. Plan is to repeat labs & if unchanged colonoscopy. food allergy??? Maybe see allergist too????
Failure to thrive : I think your GI doctor suggested an upper endoscopy with possible sigmoidoscopy. Eosinophilic gastroenteropathy Is a possible reason which is evaluated by biopsies. If the biopsies are consistent with above then next step is an allergist but make sure you see a pediatric allergist who is familiar with this condition. There are other reasons for failure to thrive as well so follow your GI rec's ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I need a good allergist/immunologist in Cincinnati who accepts medicaid. Interested in food/animal allergy testing/cost. Have known autoimmune issues.
Immunology is a field of study in which a person studies the components of the immune system (such as lymph nodes, white blood cells, and antibodies), their functions, and their diseases. Because allergies are a reaction by a person's immune system, immunology usually includes the study of allergies. A doctor who specializes in problems of the immune system ...Read more
Allergies usually mean there is a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when that food is eaten. Other allergies can be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, eczema, rashes, constipation, etc. Best answer- if concerned about a particular food eliminate it from your diet and see how you respond. You can ...Read more
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