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Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

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Dr. Corey Clay
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Not likely

Many people with no food allergy will produce antibody that reacts to the food allergy panel.
Thus, these tests need to be interpreted by experts who treat food allergy daily. Skin testing is often more accurate, but ones history of symptoms that follow an ingestion is critical as well. Yes, dizziness/fogginess can occur with allergy, but is transient immediately following intake. Be well!

In brief: Not likely

Many people with no food allergy will produce antibody that reacts to the food allergy panel.
Thus, these tests need to be interpreted by experts who treat food allergy daily. Skin testing is often more accurate, but ones history of symptoms that follow an ingestion is critical as well. Yes, dizziness/fogginess can occur with allergy, but is transient immediately following intake. Be well!
Dr. Corey Clay
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Dr. Corey Clay
Comment in response to thank you note: Sounds like your Allergist feels the positive result correlates with foods that were ingested shortly before experiencing mental confusion. It is an uncommon allergic reaction, but now sounds more probable. An oral food challenge with incrementally increasing amounts (done in clinical setting) of the food may be the next step. Good luck!
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