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Why should you see an allergist if you suspect a food allergy?

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It's better to see an allergist than to try to diagnose a food allergy yourself. Why?

You’ll miss out. If you think you're allergic to a certain food, you’ll take it off the menu. But if you skip something you don’t have to, you’ll miss out on important nutrients.

You could be wrong. The doctor can figure out if you have a food intolerance or if you’re really allergic. That difference is important.

You could have a worse reaction next time. Mild itching or tingling in your mouth could evolve into more serious problems. Your doctor can prescribe meds.

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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