Skin Testing for Food Allergies
An allergic reaction to foods can make eating a daily struggle. Food allergies occur when a substance found in certain foods comes into contact with immunoglobulin E (IgE) in the body. Learning what specific triggers cause food allergies allows you to plan accordingly for better management of symptom and allergy relief.
Food allergies symptoms may include:
- Stomach cramps
- Shortness of breath
- Hoarse throat
- Tight throat
- Swelling of the tongue
- Weak pulse
- Blue or pale coloring of skin
Such symptoms, including anaphylaxis, may prove life threatening if not properly addressed. Knowing what triggers food allergies allows you to limit exposure and be prepared in an emergency.
Skin Prick Test for Food Allergies:
A certified allergist can conduct a skin prick test to determine which foods act as allergens, triggering allergic reactions. Skin prick tests are conducted in-office with affordable, quick results. Because of the possible severe reactions that may occur when exposed to certain allergens, a skin prick test should only be administered by a trained professional under the supervision of an expert allergist or immunologist who is familiar with your medical history.
At Allergy Asthma & Immunology Institute, Dr. Ispas-Ponas reads and determines the results of all skin prick tests. She then discusses her findings with patients, working with them to create and implement a plan for limiting exposure, responding to food allergy emergencies, and eliminating allergy symptoms. Dr. Ispas-Ponas is an expert in food allergy and other immunological conditions. For more than 10 years, she has worked to better the lives of her patients through proven treatments and individualized care.
To learn more about food allergies, testing, and management, please give us a call. We will be happy to help answer your questions and set up a time for your next visit.
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