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What testing is there for?Children and food allergies?
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Dr. James Fox
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Skin & blood tests
Prick testing with allergenic extracts or fresh foods can help confirm allergy, as can blood tests for specific ige antibodies (rast-type tests).
However, both types of testing can produce false positive results, and confirmation with food challenges may be needed.

In brief: Skin & blood tests
Prick testing with allergenic extracts or fresh foods can help confirm allergy, as can blood tests for specific ige antibodies (rast-type tests).
However, both types of testing can produce false positive results, and confirmation with food challenges may be needed.
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox
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Dr. Paul Williams
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Blood or skin tests
Tests for food allergies can be done with by skin testing or through blood tests for ige antibodies to the food.
Not all reactions to food are due to ige antibodies, so children may have reactions to food but negative skin or blood tests. These tests also have false positive and negative results, so the results have to be interpreted in concert with the history of reactions. See an allergist.

In brief: Blood or skin tests
Tests for food allergies can be done with by skin testing or through blood tests for ige antibodies to the food.
Not all reactions to food are due to ige antibodies, so children may have reactions to food but negative skin or blood tests. These tests also have false positive and negative results, so the results have to be interpreted in concert with the history of reactions. See an allergist.
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Plenty
As patient with suspected food allergy should undergo a thorough history and physical exam to confrim or refute the diagnosis of food allergy.
If fa is suspected then skin testing and /or blood testing for targeted suspected foods can be done.

In brief: Plenty
As patient with suspected food allergy should undergo a thorough history and physical exam to confrim or refute the diagnosis of food allergy.
If fa is suspected then skin testing and /or blood testing for targeted suspected foods can be done.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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