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Remember that one kid in school with allergies? You know the one who everyone thought was a little weird, that is until we all grew up a bit and learned what allergies meant. It may have seemed unusual back at school, but having an allergy is relatively common. It’s just that many of us aren’t aware of an allergy we might have. This is where allergy tests come in.

Allergy tests come in a few different forms. But the outcome should be the same – to understand your body’s reaction to as many popular allergens as possible. The thing is, food allergies can be pretty challenging to identify using specific methods. So, what are the allergy test methods?

This is the old-fashioned method of testing for food allergies. A tiny amount of an allergen is introduced under the skin, and if you have an adverse reaction, it’s believed that you’re allergic. Simple as that. The results of this test aren’t always that effective, especially since they’re usually performed with just one allergen at a time. It can also offer false positives and even not reflect any food allergies when reactions do occur.

Blood Test

An excellent method of testing for food allergies is through a blood sample test. It’s very similar to the skin prick test, at least, for the user. But the method of analysis is a bit different. Instead of introducing an allergen under the patients’ skin, the sample is sent into a lab and tested there, against several allergens. This is more efficient and less risky than the skin-prick test.  

Hair Root Test

The last option is the hair test. This requires a few strands of hair, including the root of each hair. (much easier to find than you might think!) Like with the blood sample test, you send in the sample to the lab. This is also effective for children who might be fearful of the skin-prick testing method

We recommend the latter two options for accurate and useful test results. They’re modern techniques with matching modern accuracy.

Should you get an Allergy Test?

You don’t have to get an allergy test. But, if you’re experiencing mystery symptoms that you can’t seem to narrow down, an allergy test is a great idea.

Allergy test results will arm you with the knowledge to help you make better and more informed food-related decisions. The more educated you are, the better off you’ll be.

While an allergy test is not required, it’s a great way to be prepared should you ever have an adverse reaction to food and will help you enjoy your food-related life as freely as possible.