Help Needed Understanding Allergy ELISA Results
ila2027 at ZEUS.DATASRV.CO.IL
Thu Jun 1 15:44:49 EST 1995
Food allergy is a sticky issues: most doctors do not believe that it
exists (except for milk, peanuts and seafood) but laternative medicine
patriots and some opposition doctors do believe in its wide array of
First, ask the lab, which conducted the tests to provide you with an
analysis and interpretation. If it is a serious establishment,
specializing in food allergy, they would employ a dietician, who will
develop an appropriate diet program based on the findings.
It is difficult to say when the presence of IgE or IgG4 reflects an on
going pathology. The definitive test for allergy is the "Elimination
Diet", where the suspected foods are eliminated for long periods and the
symptoms are closely monitored. After elimination comes the challenge
with close follow-up of the symptoms.
You should know what are your family's symptoms and what is the reason
for conducting those tests to begin with. These will direct you in
monitoring elimination and challenge. The dietician is very important
since many modern commercial foods are of complex origin, so that
sometimes you will have to eliminate more foods than you would have
expected, in order to avoid a components. Thus, breads contain milk
products, processed fish (e.g. fish fingers) contain shellfish and other
critters and hamburgers contain soybean god-knows-what.
As to low level antibody: the food allerfy advocate do indeed warn that
allergic reactions may worsen if one is continuously subjecting one's
digestive system to this food. Therefore, try to separate the intake of
such foods by long intervals. It is generally a good idea to enrich the
components of your diet and eat different foods on different days (e.g.
you do not have to go to MacDonald's every day: do not forget Burger
King, Hardee's and Jack in the Box).
By the way, which lab did those tests?
I hope the above gives you some idea how to proceed, although I did not
answer all the questions and certainly not in any order.
Falk Fish, Tel-Aviv, Israel
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