Food Challenges Provide Best Allergy Diagnoses: Study: MedlinePlus

9 Nov

Food Challenges Provide Best Allergy Diagnoses: Study: MedlinePlus.

 Too few American doctors use oral food challenges to diagnose food allergies even though this type of test is considered the gold standard, according to a new study.

Researchers surveyed about 40,000 children and identified 3,339 cases of food allergy. However, only 61.5 percent of the cases were formally diagnosed by a doctor and only about 15 percent of those children underwent an oral food challenge.

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