While food allergies are on the rise, especially in children, the perception of food allergy is higher than reality. To provide an accurate diagnosis, your physician will perform a thorough medical evaluation and appropriate testing.
There are two types of testing for food allergies, skin testing and an oral food challenge. Skin testing is effective for ruling out foods someone is not allergic to, although it can provide false positive results. So, undergoing an oral food challenge is the best way to achieve an accurate food allergy diagnosis. During an oral food challenge, a patient ingests a gradually increasing amount of suspected food allergens every 20 minutes until they experience symptoms of an allergic reaction or consume a normal serving of the food. Oral food challenges are completely safe when performed and supervised by your physician.
If you are in fact diagnosed with a food allergy, relief is possible through proper treatment.