Food Allergy Test
How often must I test myself for a food allergy?
There is no hard and fast rule as to the amount of frequency of food allergy tests that you can perform, but it’s wise to remember that the tests themselves should always be followed up with your family doctor or healthcare provider. He or she will in turn direct you to a specialist who can determine if a food allergy is present. Our tests are not designed to indicate whether a potential food allergy has lessened or worsened over the course of time.
Will the medications I’m taking interfere with my food allergy test results?
Some medications may interfere with test results, while many do not. For instance, allergy medications do not affect IgE antibodies, which are required for proper test results. However, it’s best to check with your doctor or healthcare provider before taking the test, to make sure your results are accurate. Never stop taking your medication for the sake of the test without consulting your healthcare provider first.
Do the results of my test indicate that I have an allergy to a particular kind of food?
Not necessarily, which is why test results should always serve as reference data to diagnose the issue. Our tests measure IgE reactivity to the particular food allergies you are testing for, but only your healthcare provider or allergy specialist knows for sure. Your results can serve as vital data for them to determine if you do indeed have a food allergy.
Do higher levels of IgE mean that my allergic reactions will be worse?
No, and this is a common misconception. Just because you have higher IgE antibody levels in your bloodstream does not mean that your reaction will be worse. Rather, it’s usually a good indicator of whether you actually have a food allergy to begin with. The higher the number, the greater your chances.