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What will your doctor ask to figure out if you have a food allergy?

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Your doctor will ask you questions like:

  • What foods did you eat before you had symptoms?
  • What symptoms did you have?
  • How soon did they come on and in what order?
  • How long did they last?
  • Have you had a reaction like this before?
  • Does anyone in your family have allergies?

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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