Food Allergy Testing And Treatments: New Techniques You Should Know About

Food allergies seem to be on the rise in the United States. This may be because more people do in fact suffer from food allergies, or it may be due to increased awareness. It may also be some combination of the two. Whatever the case may be, though, the importance of food allergy treatment and food allergy testing has never been more important than it is currently. Get to know some of the new techniques in testing and treatment for food allergies that you should know about so that you can take better care of yourself and your family, whether you suffer from food allergies or are considering getting tested for food allergies. 

New Blood Tests For Food Allergy Severity

What you may not know about food allergies, or allergies of all kinds is that the severity of these allergies can vary a great deal. Every person experiences allergies differently. One person may be so highly allergic to peanuts that they would immediately asphyxiate from any exposure to peanuts, while another may only experience a mild to moderate headache when they eat peanuts. 

While the severity of food allergies was largely a guessing game in the past, a new blood test, known as a BAT test (basophil activation test) may help to change that. When a person is found to have food allergies, testing the severity occurs through direct exposure to that food in the presence of a physician.

With the BAT test, when a person is exposed to the food allergen, their blood is drawn and basophils (an immune response to the allergen) are taken. That number determines the severity of the food allergy. The primary goal of such testing is to eventually incorporate it into the initial allergy testing process. 

Peanut Allergy Patch Treatment

While not yet available on the open market, doctors and researchers are in the process of testing a new treatment protocol for peanut allergies. As you may know, peanut allergies can be one of the most dangerous and deadly food allergies for people who suffer from them. Because of this, it is the focus of research more so now than ever. 

The peanut allergy patch is designed to release incremental doses of peanut protein. This functions similarly to allergy shots in that it is designed to build up immunity to peanuts and should help to prevent severe or near-fatal reactions to peanut exposure. However, the patch may have fewer negative health consequences or risks than allergy shots or pill treatments. 

The treatment is in the final stages of testing and will be up for FDA review soon. So, if you or someone you love suffers from a peanut allergy, be sure to keep an eye out for this potentially life-changing treatment. 

Now that you know some of the latest developments in food allergy testing and treatments, you can ask your doctor about whether or not these techniques will work for you or someone you love. And be sure to keep up with the latest and greatest research and development in dealing with food allergies.