Wall Street Journal Article Tackles Food Allergy Testing

An article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Is Your Kid Truly Allergic? Tests Add to Confusion” discusses food allergy testing and whether those with positive blood or skin tests are truly allergic.

The article cited a recent report from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Researchers in Manchester, England, reported that when 79 children who tested positive for peanut IgE antibodies were given food challenges, 66 of them could eat peanuts safely.

“At the American Association of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI) conference last year, doctors from National Jewish reported that of 125 young patients given food challenges, more than half could tolerate foods they'd been told to avoid.”

The main point of the article is that blood and skin testing can potentially determine the possibility of an allergy but not whether the individual will develop an allergic reaction. The only way to determine a true food allergy is through a history of reaction or an oral challenge under the supervision of a medical professional.

If your child has been diagnosed with food allergies and you are concerned as to whether the diagnosis is correct, you should consult your physician. If there is a history of reactions to the food in question, a food allergy is likely. If test results are positive, but the individual has never reacted to the food, a food challenge may be necessary.

Photo: Pixabay

Top Forum Categories

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

Halloween can be treacherous for a child with a peanut allergy and a parent who is trying to stay...

What kid doesn't love dressing up in a costume and going door to door on Halloween night, and collecting a bag full of candy? Unfortunately, this...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

For those with peanut allergies, baked goods present a serious risk. Many baked goods do not appear to contain peanuts, yet were baked in a...

Do you have a sweet tooth and more specifically a chocolate craving? Those with peanut allergies must...