If you suspect that your child has a food allergy or intolerance, there are several types of options available for testing. Do you have a true allergy or other intolerance that will determine the type of test that you need? You can get more information about naturopath food intolerance treatment via online sources.
What to expect from the doctor?
- To diagnose a food allergy, your doctor will usually do the following:
- Take the history of the patient including what food you think you are allergic to, when and how do you react, what other food you eat, how you prepare food, how often you eat, etc. This means you should have a good awareness of the food you eat and your reactions to them.
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- Physical examination to identify or rule out other unknown medical problems.
- You will then go and record everything you eat for a few days, when you eat and what kind of reaction you have. It helps with consistency in the symptoms and provides your doctor with a clearer idea of the pattern.
Diet Elimination: You stop eating suspected or tested food, if the symptoms go away, the diagnosis can be made. If you eat the food again and have a reaction, the diagnosis is confirmed. This confirmation can not be used in cases of severe allergic IgE, because it would be too dangerous to eat food again. It will only be eliminated altogether.
Initial testing: Once the diagnosis is suspected or has been made, the doctor can use a standard test to measure an allergic response. This can be a skin prick test, RAST or ELISA tests, as well as other options such as the ALCAT test.