Food Allergy Testing - What You Need to Know
Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America hosted a free educational webinar, "Diagnostic Testing for Food Allergies: What You Need to Know" on April 16, 2014. It featured pediatric allergist David Stukus, MD.
Dr. Stukus reviewed:
- Definitions of allergy, intolerance, sensitization, antibodies
- What is an IgE mediated food allergy
- Symptoms of food allergy
- The different types of food allergy tests and what they mean
- Skin testing limitations
- Blood specific IgE testing (ranges, classes, commercial panels)
- False positives and predictive values
- Do-it-yourself allergy kits and other controversial tests
- Oral food challenges
- Component IgE testing
- Patch testing for delayed reactions
- What about IgG?
- Eczema, eosinophilic esophagitis and other related allergic diseases
An attendee gave this review as the most valuable part of the webinar:
“I liked how you had a doctor that specialized in pediatric allergies because he did a great job of explaining terminology, tests and results, and misconceptions.”
Medical review April 2014.