How, and how not, to diagnose a food allergy
By pure coincidence, both I and my colleague Sandy Boodman wrote this week about adults with food allergies. My "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about adult-onset shellfish allergy appears today in the Post's new Local Living section, where it will reside from now on.
One of the things I learned while researching that story was that if you have an allergic reaction that you think was caused by a certain food, it's important to have a medical professional -- preferably an allergist -- confirm that connection. Turns out people often attribute their allergy to one food when it's another food altogether that's the culprit. That, of course, is a mess: You end up avoiding a food that's perfectly safe for you and not avoiding the one that is likely to trigger another reaction.
Here is the Food Allergy Initiative's rundown of the diagnostic tests, including skin pricks and blood tests, that your doctor might use to pin down your food allergy. And here is the FAI's list of tests that someone might propose but that you should reject because there's no science to support them. Hint: If someone comes after you with a galvanometer, run!
Now it's your turn: Have you developed a food allergy as an adult? What are you allergic to? And how did you find out you were allergic?
Jennifer LaRue Huget
October 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Nutrition and Fitness
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