Food Allergy (cont.)
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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 12/3/2014
Jatinder Singh, MD
Mark Clark, MD
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