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Al-Cat Vs. Elisa Food Testing
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Does anyone know which test is better? Please let me know if you had the test and found it helpful. I had the elisa test and found it to be very accurate. My daughter just had the al-cat test and they never asked her about medications or did any fasting, which makes me think it is not as accurate. The elisa testing they had me fast, wear no make-up, lotion, no brushing teeth, and no medications until after the blood draw. I was much more impressed with the elisa test. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Does anyone know which test I h better? Please let me know if you had the test and found it helpful. I had the elisa test and found it to be very accurate. My daughter just had the al-cat test and they never asked her about medications or did any fasting, which makes me think it is not as accurate. The elisa testing they had me fast, wear no make-up, lotion, no brushing teeth, and no medications until after the blood draw. I was much more impressed with the elisa test. Any feedback would be appreciated.

I had the ELISA test which correctly diagnosed 4 of my 7 allergens (delayed reaction IgG mediated). However, I was not asked to fast or refrain from meds, makeup, toothbrushing, etc. before the test. My husband also had the ELISA, which correctly diagnosed several of his allergies. I don't know the (Company Name Removed - They Spammed This Forum and are Banned), but I'd recommend any blood test which looks for delayed reaction (IgG or IgA mediated) allergies, which are more common that the immediate reaction IgE mediated allergies.

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I can't tell you which is better, never had either. I am going for allergy testing January 11. What about the skin test?

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Davina, what test are you having? Just curious.

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I can't tell you which is better, never had either. I am going for allergy testing January 11. What about the skin test?

I think the skin test is IGE and does not test for delayed food problems which can be very bothersome and cause many problems.
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