Food Allergy Testing & Treatment
Offering pain-free, single-session diagnostics for optimal care
It’s estimated that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies—including nearly 6 million children under age 18. If you experience an itchy throat, hives, swelling of the mouth or tongue, or—more severely—dizziness or nausea—in reaction to something you’ve drank or eaten, it’s possible you have a food allergy.
While not limited to these items, eight foods account for 90 percent of serious allergic reactions. These are eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy and tree nuts as well as wheat.
Schedule a consultation with one of our specialists to identify the source of your food allergy and recommend to you an effective means of relief.
Food allergy testing may help you if shortly after drinking a beverage or eating a food you develop:
- Abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
- Dizziness, fainting or lightheadedness
- Hives (i.e., welts on the skin)
- Itching or tingling in the mouth
- Swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you test for food allergies?
Boca Raton Sinus & Allergy Center uses a comprehensive and fast approach with minimal discomfort when testing for food allergies. This testing provides the information that our physicians need to tailor a treatment plan for your specific needs.
Similar to how we test for seasonal and perennial allergies, we prick our skin and apply a drop of allergen. You may experience slight discomfort, as well as some itchiness from any positive results. If welts appear shortly after the application, this indicates that you are sensitive or may even be allergic to that specific substance.
We also offer in-vitro (blood) allergy testing for young patients or those patients who are on medications that prevent them from being skin tested.
What’s the best treatment?
For food allergies, avoidance is key. We’ll provide a list of beverages and foods to avoid and offer expert counseling on managing your care. Antihistamines can also provide relief.
What’s my next step?
If you’ve experienced an allergic reaction to a food or beverage, make an appointment at the Boca Raton Sinus & Allergy Center at 833-MDSINUS (637-4687) for consultation with one of our specialists.