Food Allergy Testing Clinic in Redwood City, CA
Looking for the best Food Allergy Testing in Redwood City, CA? Look no further than Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic. We have successfully treated thousands of food allergy patients! To book an appointment, please call us or visit us at 80 Arch St, Redwood City, CA 94062.
Have you had to consciously avoid certain foods due to your allergic reactions to them? Have you experienced uncomfortable and possibly dangerous allergic reactions when consuming, or even being in the same area as a food? Do you live in the Redwood City, CA, area and want to talk to an allergy specialist who knows how to treat your possible food allergy and the best ways to treat it? Then you are in luck! Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic is the place for you. Our board-certified clinicians know their way around allergies, how to test for allergies, and how to treat those allergies. They can also help identify foods that you may not even know you are allergic to, which could possibly save your life.
How do you test for food allergies?
There are two available methods in testing for food allergies at Colombia Asthma & Allergy Clinic. One is a skin test, which helps to determine if the allergy exists within the patient. The other test is a blood test. This also helps with identifying the existence of an allergy but helps to confirm the original skin test.
What kind of skin tests do you perform at your clinic to determine food allergies?
Our allergy clinic provides a patch test and a skin prick test. Both tests expose the allergen to your skin in a controlled and diluted way. With the patch test, the allergen is secured under a patch onto your skin, which you wear for several days or weeks, and return to the clinic to have your skin’s reaction observed to see the level of allergic reaction the allergen had caused. A patch test requires a little more time. However, it is a little less abrasive than the skin prick test. The prick test requires the doctors to inject tiny amounts of the allergen just underneath the skin. The patient then waits between 20 to 30 minutes, and the doctor observes it. The doctor looks for any skin reactions or bumps that may be similar to a bug bite.
What happens after my food allergy test?
To ensure your skin test results are accurate, a follow-up test is a food challenge test. While at our clinic, in the care of our allergy specialists, you will eat or drink a small amount of the food you tested positive for in the skin test. The physicians will then look for any side effects. If no side effects present themselves, the skin test can be ruled out as a “false positive.”
How can your allergist figure out which foods make me sick?
Our physician will ask a series of questions to provide insight into your symptoms and possible food allergies. Sometimes symptoms present themselves immediately at the trigger of the allergen; other times, they can arrive later, which makes it challenging to determine what the specific allergen is. Our physicians will thoroughly review your medical history and ask you a variety of questions such as:
- What are your symptoms?
- How often do they appear?
- Does it depend on the amount you eat?
- How long does it take for symptoms to appear?
- How long does it take for your symptoms to go away?
Will I have to go on a special diet?
Depending on the food allergy, you may have to go on a particular diet to help further determine the food allergy. For example, if you are deciding if dairy is an allergen that may be causing some of your symptoms, it will be advised to remove a certain percentage, or all dairy from your diet for a certain amount of time to see if symptoms decrease or go away completely. Then if you were to reintroduce this food again into your diet and the symptoms return, it would be safe to say we have found the food you are allergic to.
It is always advised to do these forms of tests under the supervision or guidance of one of our health care providers. Allergic reactions to foods can be severe and serious affect your health.
Where are you located?
We look forward to meeting you.