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How important are allergy tests in diagnosing allergies?

Lawrence T. Chiaramonte, MD
Allergy & Immunology
Allergy tests can be misleading if administered by inexperienced practitioners. For example, an inexperienced doctor might order a broad panel of tests and interpret any level of reaction as allergies. This is a big problem when testing for food. Many children and adults for that matter might forego foods to which they aren't allergic, making it hard to eat a healthy diet. A good allergist will look at test results in conjunction with a good clinical history and be able to rule foods in or out of the diet.
Paul M. Ehrlich, MD
Allergy & Immunology
Allergy tests are very important, but they are often not necessary. A very substantial proportion of the time, they could be avoided through a thorough history by a good allergist who knows what questions to ask, which ones not to ask, and how to interpret the information provided by the patient or the patient's parents.
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