Many people suffer from allergies. Food allergies are one of the most commonly diagnosed types of allergies. The reactions experienced by someone with food allergies can range from a slight irritation to a life threatening emergency. If you suspect that you have a food allergy, it is important not to diagnose it yourself. Doctor C. Steven Smith, MD at the Accredited Asthma, Allergy and Food Intolerance Center can conduct allergy testing for you to make sure you get the correct treatment you need to keep you safe.
Suspected food allergies should always be treated by a doctor who specializes in allergies. Do not self diagnose because this can lead to poor nutrition and unnecessary dietary restrictions. Some people who think that they have a food allergy actually have another type of food disorder that will require a very different treatment plan. Allergy Testing in Louisville KY can determine the exact cause of an allergic reaction. The first step your allergist will take is to ask you about your prior medical history. He will then ask you questions that will help to determine which food is the culprit and will perform a physical examination.
The next step in Allergy Testing in Louisville KY will be to run physical tests to help identify what you are allergic to. There are a few methods of Allergy Testing at Accredited Asthma Allergy and Food Intolerance Center of Louisville KY. While tests alone might not provide the most clear cut answers, your doctor can combine the results with facts about your medical history to make a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. One type of test for allergies is the oral food challenge. This is a highly accurate way of determining your allergen. The allergist will have you ingest the suspected food allergen in measured doses and monitor you closely to see if it causes a reaction. If necessary you will be given antihistamines to counteract any reactions that may occur. Another way of testing is by using a food elimination diet. Over a two to four week period your doctor will have you avoid suspected allergens while you are closely monitored for symptoms. If one of the avoided foods has been causing you problems, you will know by the end of the elimination diet because your symptoms will have cleared up.