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How can a skin test help your doctor diagnose a suspected food allergy?

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The doctor may do a skin test to see if your body reacts to a tiny amount of the suspected allergen or allergy trigger.

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Food Allergies and Intolerances."

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: "Food Allergy FAQ."

Food Allergy Initiative: "Diagnosing Food Allergies," "Treating Food Allergies."

Medical News Today: "What Is a Food Allergy? What To Do When a Food Allergy is Suspected?"

NIAID-sponsored expert panel, , December 2010. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Food Allergies and Intolerances."

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: "Food Allergy FAQ."

Food Allergy Initiative: "Diagnosing Food Allergies," "Treating Food Allergies."

Medical News Today: "What Is a Food Allergy? What To Do When a Food Allergy is Suspected?"

NIAID-sponsored expert panel, , December 2010. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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