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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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What Is The Most Reliable Food Allergy Testing?

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Hi,

I had skin scratch allergy testing done as a child (several times) and now at almost 57 years of age I need a good source for allergy testing. I am allergic to more foods than I am not it seems, so I need to get this down to where I really know what is seriously throwing my body off. I have heard about blood tests that will tell you what you are allergic to, but don't know much about them. Are they accurate? What companies do them? Are there other forms of food allergy testing that are more accurate than the skin scratch tests and where do I get more information on them? I just had dairy and soy and etc. done through Enterolab but want to do all foods. Any ideas? Thanks Pilgrim

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I've had very good luck with Immunolabs. They do IgG and IgE testing and were very accurate for me. (Though they don't test for blueberry IgE) They test for 119 foods I think it is.

Keep in mind that no one tests for every single food. So if your results come back as sensitive to a particular food, you may want to look it up in the food families and see other foods that are similar in genetic make up.. to watch out for. Aka if your test comes back sensitive to one pepper, you may want to keep an eye out for all peppers.

My insurance (blue cross) covered the Immunolabs testings.. both the IgE and IgG. You may want to see if your insurane will cover these kinds of tests and which ones.. if there are specific labs etc.

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