Did you know that 12 million Americans have a food allergy, including 4.1 million children? Food allergy testing has shown that a few common foods cause 90% of all food allergies: cow’s milk, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, fish, and shellfish. Young children are especially prone to food allergies. A history of eczema or other types of allergies, including hay fever, also increase your chances of food allergies.
Food allergy testing is nearly painless. During a Skin Prick Allergy Test, a diluted extract of a food is placed on the skin and then scratched with a needle. Your allergy doctor then watches to see if the pricked area becomes red, raised or itchy.
Blood tests look for IgE (Immunoglobin E) antibodies, which are particles in the blood that show the presence of food allergies. Your allergy specialist may recommend blood tests for food allergy testing if a skin prick test would be too risky, if you have other skin problems, or if you take certain medications.
No allergy test is perfect. You may test allergic to foods that you don’t need food allergy treatment for, because they do not cause problems. That’s why it’s important to choose an Orlando allergy doctor who takes your whole medical history into account before recommending treatments for food allergies. Your allergist can recommend several food allergies treatment options for problem foods, including: strategies to avoid the foods and desensitization with SLIT therapy.
Now frightening foods (especially for children) can be banished with a proven food allergy treatment: SLIT allergy drops, which give patients more proactive control over managing their food allergies than merely avoiding foods.
Finally, your immune system changes over your lifetime. Visit your allergy doctor regularly, especially when moving from one place to another.
Anderson Allergy & Asthma has two allergy clinic locations in Central Florida. We proudly offer food allergy testing and food allergy treatment including immune therapy through SLIT allergy drops for patients living in Orlando, Winter Park, Winter Springs, Winter Garden, Ocoee and Kissimmee, Florida.
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