Food Allergy (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care for Food Allergy
If a person experiences symptoms of food allergy, call a health care professional right away for advice.
The person should not attempt to drive to the hospital. If no one is available to drive the person immediately, call 9-1-1 for emergency medical transport. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, start self-treatment.
Food Allergy Diagnosis
Generally a food allergy is identified by signs and symptoms. Medical professionals are trained to recognize hives, swelling patterns, rashes, and other symptoms associated with allergic reactions.
The person will be asked questions about their medical history and possible triggers of the reaction.
Blood tests and other tests are needed only under very unusual circumstances, such as anaphylaxis.
Some people can pinpoint which food caused the allergic reaction, especially if the reaction occurs within minutes of consuming a particular food. Many others will need to see an allergist for special testing to determine the exact food that is responsible.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/20/2016
Jatinder Singh, MD
Mark Clark, MD
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