Food Allergy Testing
Food allergies most commonly develop during childhood and affect up to 8% of children in the United States. Identifying food allergen triggers at any age is important for proper avoidance measures and treatment. Dr. Ho can succinctly diagnose your food allergies and provide appropriate treatment options if you do have a reaction. Rely on Avant Allergy in Los Angeles, California to diagnose food allergies.
What are food allergies?
A food allergy is when your immune system identifies benign food proteins as dangerous. It can occur with very small amounts of ingested food.
What are common food allergens?
8 allergens comprise 85% of all food allergy triggers:
What are symptoms of food allergies?
Swelling of the face, tongue, lips, throat
Hives over the skin
Chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath
How are food allergies diagnosed?
After a careful history and physical Dr. Ho will advise on the most appropriate testing be it skin testing or blood testing. In cases with inconclusive testing, an oral challenge may be planned.
How are food allergies treated?
The mainstay of treatment for food allergies would be avoidance of the trigger food. Depending on the reaction experienced and your testing, Dr. Ho will offer a personalized plan for treatment. In case of severe reactions leading to anaphylaxis, she may recommend carrying an epinephrine injector.
If you are concerned about food allergies seek out skilled professionals at Avant Allergy in Los Angeles, California.