Determining the cause of common food allergy symptoms can be more complicated than common allergies. Because we ingest various foods and drinks every day, determining our symptoms’ precise cause can be difficult. Luckily, there is a scientific solution.
The physicians at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois specialize in food allergy testing, using various approaches to isolate the specific ingredient that may be causing your symptoms. They then develop a treatment plan to help avoid it altogether or treat symptoms as they occur.
What to Expect from Your Allergy Test
Skin testing is an extremely accurate method of determining which allergens are causing your symptoms, and it can be useful in most cases. However, certain situations can yield inconclusive results. If the results are uncertain, we may consider an oral ingestion challenge to help clarify your skin test results.
Your safety and comfort is the top priority, and we will only use this method in particular situations and under close observation. We will consult your medical history and the severity of your symptoms when determining if this course may be safe and effective for you. We’ll review the benefits and potential risks of this test before administering it, making sure you are comfortable and confident in your care every step of the way.
Suppose an oral ingestion challenge is right for you. The procedure will take place under close supervision at the Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois office in either Clear Lake or Elgin. You’ll ingest a small amount of a suspected allergen and remain under observation. If you have no reaction, you may consume a larger volume of the allergen. This routine is repeated every 20 minutes until a symptom occurs or you’ve reached a predetermined quantity of the material.
Using a progressive approach, we reduce any potential discomfort and observe any minor reaction before symptoms become more severe.
If you have a food allergy, or suspect you may have one, schedule an appointment for a consultation at the Elgin or Clear Lake locations of Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois by calling (847) 888-8802