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Do you have to go to allergy specialist to get tested for food allergies?
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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
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The interpretation of blood allergy test requires integration of clinical history and knowledge of recent developments in food allergy research, most importantly the rate, values and indicators of false positives and false negatives of these tests.
Each food allergen has a different threshold. General practitioners might have these expertise.

In brief: Find expertise
The interpretation of blood allergy test requires integration of clinical history and knowledge of recent developments in food allergy research, most importantly the rate, values and indicators of false positives and false negatives of these tests.
Each food allergen has a different threshold. General practitioners might have these expertise.
Dr. Javier Chinen
Dr. Javier Chinen
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Dr. Linda Green
Any physician can order blood tests for food allergies but allergists have the most expertise when it comes to the interpretation of the results and whether further testing or food challenges are warranted.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Yes
Food allergy is not diagnosed by food skin testing.
Food allergy is initially diagnosed by taking a history and if that history is c/w food allergy reaction then skin testing and /or blood testing is performed to confirm. Testing for food allergy in the absence of a relevant history will result in 40 -60% false positive results.

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Food allergy is not diagnosed by food skin testing.
Food allergy is initially diagnosed by taking a history and if that history is c/w food allergy reaction then skin testing and /or blood testing is performed to confirm. Testing for food allergy in the absence of a relevant history will result in 40 -60% false positive results.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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In brief: No
Your doctor can order blood work for food allergy testing.

In brief: No
Your doctor can order blood work for food allergy testing.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Robert Ramirez
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.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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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