What to expect at an allergy test
A lot of people own this preconceived notion that allergy testing is done through blood testing and results are sent back days to weeks after the appointment. While blood testing is an option, most of our tests are prick or skin tests which result in same day results.
Really the only thing that you’ll be waiting on is the body to reply to the allergens. Skin tests are generally more precise than a blood test, and you won’t need to make another appointment to own a consult with our allergy experts.
We brought Blake in for a food allergy test because she was having reactions to foods she was eating.
She also has eczema that never goes away despite trying just about every over-the-counter treatment and prescription creams. We learned from the test that she had a major allergy to peanuts and that we would need to carry an EpiPen for her and own one other school in case of emergency.
I had no thought her food allergy was that bad! We also learned that with children so young, reactions can get worse over time so having the EpiPen is even more significant. Thankfully, the test brought our attention to this before a life-threatening reaction occurred.
It goes without saying how significant it is for your kid to be allergy tested if you’re already seeing signs of allergic reactions. At Aspire Allergy & Sinus, we provide an allergy testing experience that is safe, simple, and painless.
— Allie Thompson, CEO
Aspire Allergy & Sinus
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What is food allergy testing?
A food allergy is a condition that causes your immune system to treat a normally harmless type of food as if was a dangerous virus, bacteria, or other infectious agent. The immune system response to a food allergy ranges from mild rashes to abdominal pain to a life-threatening complication called anaphylactic shock.
Food allergies are more common in children than adults, affecting about 5 percent of children in the United States.
Numerous children outgrow their allergies as they get older. Almost 90 percent of every food allergies are caused by the following foods:
- Tree nuts (including almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews)
For some people, even the tiniest quantity of the allergy-causing food can trigger life-threatening symptoms. Of the foods listed above, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, and fish generally cause the most serious allergic reactions.
Food allergy testing can discover out whether you or your kid has a food allergy.
If a food allergy is suspected, your primary care provider or your child’s provider will probably refer you to an allergist. An allergist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating allergies and asthma.
Other names: IgE test, oral challenge test
Numbing cream is helpful and optional for allergy tests
One thing that we offer to every children being tested is a prescription numbing cream that reduces the itching caused by the test. This can be extremely helpful so the kid doesn’t feel the prick of the applicator, only some pressure as the antigens are placed on their back.
The cream is optional for parents that don’t feel that it’s necessary, but it does seem to assist with the process to make it easier for everyone!
Don’t be worried about using too much, the more you put on the more numb your child’s back becomes.
Our clinics own Wi-Fi, in-room TV, snacks, and toys for kids during the test
All of our locations own Wi-Fi available so you’ll be connected to the exterior world while undergoing the testing process.
If Wi-Fi isn’t enough to occupy you and your child’s time, we own Netflix and Hulu located on TV’s in every room. Feeling hungry? We own plenty of snacks available for you and your little one while you wait.
We even own coffee if you need a pick-me-up during the day.
If none of those are enough for your kiddo, we own a chest filled with coloring books, puzzles and toys to occupy their time.
Allergy testing kids is not scary or painful
One thing you won’t hear from patients that visit us is that the testing process was “worse than they imagined”. One of our main focuses as a clinic is that every patient visiting our clinic is looked after diligently and cared for with the utmost honor.
I believe in the patient experience that we give it at our clinics, so I brought my 15-month-old daughter, Blake, in for food allergy testing. After seeing her own food allergy reactions and persistent eczema, I felt she needed to see an allergy expert.
The medical staff at our clinics are incredibly knowledgeable and capable for any sort of allergies that a child could be suffering from.
The allergy testing process is less than 60 seconds
A lot of people get terrified when they hear that an appointment for children takes about 60 minutes.
The first thing that pops into most people’s minds is watching their kid squirm and scream while our staff pokes them with a million diverse things for an hour!
In reality, the actual testing process itself lasts less than 60 seconds. The relax of the time is spent waiting for results, talking about the allergies your kid has, and the treatment plan that works best for you and your kid.
Much of the time will be spent doing what may feel love “sitting around”.
We need to give time after the testing to see if a certain allergen has a reaction, so a excellent quantity of the time during allergy testing is waiting for for that reaction to present itself. While sitting around for an hour sounds love it could be tough to do with a kid, we’ve got that covered too.
What is it used for?
Food allergy testing is used to discover out if you or your kid has an allergy to a specific food. It may also be used to discover out whether you own a true allergy or, instead, a sensitivity to a food.
Food sensitivity, also called food intolerance, is often confused with a food allergy.
The two conditions can own similar symptoms, but complications can be extremely different.
A food allergy is an immune system reaction that can affect organs throughout the body. It can cause dangerous health conditions. Food sensitivity is generally much less serious. If you own a food sensitivity, your body can’t properly digest a certain food, or a food bothers your digestive system. Symptoms of food sensitivity are mostly limited to digestive problems such as abdominal pain, nausea, gas, and diarrhea.
Common food sensitivities include:
- Lactose, a type of sugar found in dairy products.
It may be confused with a milk allergy.
- MSG, an additive found in numerous foods
- Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and other grains. It is sometimes confused with a wheat allergy. Gluten sensitivity and wheat allergies are also diverse from celiac disease. In celiac disease, your immune system damages your little intestine when you eat gluten.
Some of the digestive symptoms can be similar, but celiac disease is not a food sensitivity or a food allergy.