• ALLERGY TEST, WOMANEvaluation of adverse food reaction The physician will review the scenario and history  of the specific adverse food reaction to help determine if further tests are needed.

  • Skin prick testing (SPT) Skin prick testing to foods can be done to help support a diagnosis of immediate (IgE mediated) food allergy and can be used in the evaluation of eczema when foods are suspected as a trigger.  A plastic toothpick like device scratches a small amount of the specific food allergen on the surface of the skin.  These tests, which usually are performed on the arm or back, allow several allergens to be tested at the same time. Skin prick tests are read after 15-20 minutes and the physician will measure the diameter of the hive and associated redness.  After the reactions have been measured with a ruler, the skin can be wiped off and topical medications can be applied to help with itching.

  • Blood tests. A physician may order an allergy blood test looking for specific IgE against a particular food.  A physician will discuss if this is needed during your visit.

  • Atopy patch testing (APT) Atopy patch testing may be done to help evaluate for potential delayed reactions to foods in patients with eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs). – TIM: please hyperlink EGIDs and direct to the EGIDs tab. This test requires two clinic visits once it has been determined that APT is appropriate. During the first appointment, small disks containing food will be taped securely to the back. These will be removed after 48 hours and the results will be read in our office 72 hours after placement. The physician will be looking for an eczematous rash, or even blisters, on the skin.

  • Oral food challenge. Oral food challenges are the most accurate food allergy test. Your allergist will determine if you are a candidate for an oral food challenge.  Prior to your clinic visit you will be instructed on which food to bring or we will provide a recipe specific to your needs to prepare for the day’s challenge. The food is administered in predetermined doses and you will be monitored throughout your entire oral food challenge.  If there are no symptoms the next dose will be administered and you will continue to be monitored.  This process of dosing will repeat with monitoring until the prescribed amount has been consumed. If at any time an allergic reaction begins, medication will be promptly administered. Our clinic staff is trained in recognizing and treating the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Other services we offer:

  • Food allergy action plan. A written, physician signed document that provides a plan of care in the event of an adverse reaction to food. This document and education are tailored to each patient.

  • Nutritional support and management. Our certified pediatric specialist registered dietitian is well versed in managing the diets of food allergic patients to ensure nutritional adequacy while maintaining quality of life.  School planning and accommodations are also provided by our dietitian.

  • Coordinated care with pediatricians, referring physicians and other specialists

  • Education and Training. Our physicians and staff provide food allergy education and training sessions for community organizations and groups.