How were your food allergies diagnosed?
Denise and I have both posted our diagnosis stories in our blog bios. The medical tests recommended for each of us were different -- her allergist recommended skin scratch tests, and my doctor had referred me to a naturopathic doctor because she couldn't help, and my naturopath was the one who brought up food allergies. She recommended blood testing.
There is no standard testing protocol that everyone agrees on, it seems, but FARE identifies four paths of testing. After the medical tests, we both did elimination diets followed by food challenge testing. Our elimination diets varied in length -- Denise's lasted three months or so, mine was more than 6 months. The food challenges were ... well, they were time-consuming and depressing, as most of the time, those foods identified as "potential" allergens made each of us sick. Yipee, real allergy identified. [sarcasm]
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