Reliable and Effective Food Allergy Testing
Be it for wellbeing, relief or some other purpose, our certified team of specialists aim to respond to your concerns and navigate you through the process.
Adult & Pediatric Allergy Testing
At Allergy & Sinus Centers of Central Texas we are able to evaluate and care for typical food allergies in adolescents as early as 4 months old. Food and allergy testing is provided at both of our convenient locations in Brownwood and Stephenville.
Food and allergy testing solutions comprise of:
- Skin testing
- Blood testing
- Oral Food Challenge
Food Allergies Symptoms
- Mouth itching
- Swelling of lips, mouth, or other areas of the body
- Instant nausea, vomiting, and/or delayed diarrhea
- Asthma symptoms (wheezing, shortness of breath)
Almost ninety percent of food allergies result from the following foods:
- Tree Nuts (Cashews, Walnuts, Pecans, Pistachios, Hazelnut, Macadamia, Almonds)
Skin Testing for Food Allergies
A skin test is administered by a slight prick of teh skin using a small drop of liquid food allergen. No pain is involved. Some patients even claim that it tickles!
Within approximately twenty minutes, ours specialists can witness the outcome by surveying the skin’s reaction. This can vary from being a bit of redness to a bump resembling a “mosquito bite”. A bump that is raised commonly suggests an allergic reaction and that treatment might be required.
Blood Testing for Food Allergies
Blood testing for food allergies observes and gauges the extent of allergen antibodies inside your blood. Testing outcomes are made available within one or two weeks. An independent laboratory will examine the blood sample and return the results to our certified team at Allergy & Sinus Centers of Central Texas
Oral Food Challenge
Should results from skin or blood testing be unsure, an oral food challenge might be advised. Throughout that procedure, you will eat or drink small quantities of a food in increasing amounts over a duration of time to ascertain if an allergic reaction happens. This is performed always under the doctor’s supervision.
What to Anticipate from the Oral Food Challenge
Supervision – All food challenges are administered at both of our Allergy & Sinus Centers of Central Texas offices in Brownwood and Stephenville. They are managed by our board-certified physicians qualified to handle oral food challenges and comprehensive food allergy treatment.
Safety – Emergency medicines (which include epinephrine, antihistamines as well as other emergency medications) are all on hand and accessible to be used if necessary.
Incremental doses – You will be administered a tiny, measured portion of the allergen at the onset of the challenge and closely monitored.