Basophil Blood Test May Predict Food Allergy Severity

Diagnosing a food allergy can be a complicated process, and one that often causes anxiety for patients and parents. To diagnose a food allergy, allergists may combine a patient’s medical history with the results of skin prick or blood tests. These methods, however, cannot determine how severely the patient will react to a food. This is why oral food challenges are the current gold standard for diagnosing food allergies or determining if a patient has outgrown a food allergy. These food challenges should only be performed by an experienced allergist at a medical facility where the appropriate medications and equipment are available.

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Now a new type of testing, basophil activation testing (BAT), may be able to provide the answers to the questions, “Am I allergic?” and “How allergic am I?” new study led by Mount Sinai researchers and published online today in the The Annals of Allergy, Asthma &…

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