Food Allergy Test
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While most food allergies start during childhood, they can develop at any point in your life. Allergic reactions to certain foods can have dangerous consequences. Mild symptoms can be manageable but severe allergic reactions can be deadly. Learning about a food allergy early can help you to avoid foods that could potentially harm you.
- This is a blood test that requires a lab visit.
- Same-day testing, no appointment needed.
- No fasting is required.
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Food Allergies Overview
Food allergies occur when the immune system develops a hypersensitivity to an ingested food. Food allergies may cause lip, tongue or throat swelling, hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, abdominal pain or vomiting. Sometimes, a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, can occur. This can lead to a closing of the airway and can be life-threatening. The symptoms of an allergic reaction can range from mild to severe.
Food allergies can develop at any point in a person's life. There are many common food allergies in the United States. These can include:
- Nuts (Peanuts, Almonds, cashews, etc.)
- Seafood (Salmon, Shrimp, Scallops, etc.)
- Legumes, Seeds and Beans
- Dairy (Cow’s Milk, Cheese, etc.)
- Egg Whites
- ...and many more
What kind of test is the Food Allergy Test?
The Food Allergy Test measures IgE antibody to specific foods. IgE antibodies that are produced to food substances (allergens) stimulate cells in the body that release chemicals that affect the nose, throat ,lungs and skin. The results may be swelling in the nose and throat tissues, wheezing and swelling or welts on the skin.
IgE tests can only be performed by a lab and therefore are not available for at-home testing. A qualified phlebotomist will draw your blood sample. All of our lab partners are CLIA-certified and do not require an appointment for testing. We have many convenient testing locations to visit.
Why is IgE Food Allergy Testing the best option?
The best test to measure your body's immune response to certain foods is the allergy-related antibody, immunoglobulin E (IgE) test. Other testing options, such as measuring immunoglobulin G (IgG), are not a recognized diagnostic tool for food allergy.
IgE tests must be performed by a qualified phlebotomist. They will draw your blood sample at a lab. IgE tests are not available for at-home testing.
Who should take the Food Allergy test?
If you have been showing signs or symptoms of a food allergy but have not yet been diagnosed, you should consider taking our Food Allergy Test. Being diagnosed early for dangerous food allergies can help to save you from a great deal of discomfort and possibly even death. There is no way of knowing whether a person will develop a certain food allergy later in life.
How does testing for the food allergies test work?
1 Select Your Test
Once you have selected the right test for you, order it online. There is no doctor’s visit required. You can pay for your testing by credit card, debit card, Pay Pal, Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA/Flex). Once you order your test, you will receive an email confirmation with the next steps.
2 Collect Your Samples
Once you have ordered your test, you will select a convenient lab testing facility. Then, you will go to the lab testing facility and have your samples drawn by a trained phlebotomist. This usually takes 15 to 30 minutes. You do not need an appointment.
3 View Your Results
Once the lab finishes processing your samples, your results will be electronically sent to you through your secured online account. If necessary, our doctors are available to discuss your results with you over the phone.
What is included in the Food Allergy Test?
The Food Allergy Test is an IgE allergy test which will look to see if you react to some of the most common food allergies. It will include testing for the following food allergies:
- Cashew Nuts
- Cow’s Milk
- Egg Whites
- Sesame Seeds
How does collecting samples for the test work?
Once you have ordered your food allergies test, you will select a convenient lab testing facility. Then, you will go to the lab testing facility and have your samples drawn by a qualified phlebotomist. This usually takes 15-30 minutes. You do not need an appointment.
When should I get my test results?
Your results should be available within 3 business days after visiting the lab testing facility.
What will my results tell me?
You will have a better understanding of your body’s reaction to certain foods. Once you understand your allergies you can begin forming a plan with your doctor or an allergy specialist to prevent allergic reactions in the future.
Our doctors are available should you have any abnormal results, or critical values. These test results can be reviewed with your local doctor for even more clarity, and to discuss any recommended lifestyle changes or treatment based on your results.