Food Challenge Test

Boy eating peanut butter and jelly sandwichFood Challenge Test: Prevent Future Allergic Reactions

When you’re enjoying a nice meal, the last thing you want is to have a negative reaction to the food. Eating a food you are allergic to can cause hives, swollen airways, or digestive issues. Don’t take the risk—take a food challenge test.

This test can be used to confirm an allergy you already suspect or help when blood tests or skin pricks tests are inconclusive. You will be asked to eat the potential food allergen in small doses. An experienced doctor will look for signs of an allergic reaction for a short time following each dose. Although most of these reactions are mild, this type of allergy testing should only be performed with an allergist present in case of a more severe reaction.

Approximately 90 percent of food allergies are caused by the following foods:

  •  Eggs
  •  Milk
  •  Soy
  •  Wheat
  •  Peanuts
  •  Tree nuts (like almonds and cashews)
  •  Fish (like tuna and halibut)
  •  Shellfish (like shrimp and lobster)

At AAIR, we can uncover these food allergies and others with the food challenge test. If you want to know for sure which products to avoid, schedule an allergy testing with us and prevent further discomfort.

Jul 7, 2014   2480   Paul Barker    Diagnostic Testing, Services
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