What's an Elimination Diet?
Allergy Test Done at Home -- The Elimination Diet
This method for figuring out possible food allergy takes time -- several weeks. It’s not a good idea for people who have had severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis. If you have, it is important for you to find out your trigger food as soon as possible so you can avoid it. Talk with your doctor.
How does the elimination diet work?
The elimination diet involves removing specific foods or ingredients from your diet because you and your doctor think they may be causing allergy symptoms. Common allergy-causing foods include milk, eggs, nuts, wheat, and soy. Your doctor will supervise this diet over a few weeks. There are usually several steps to this diet.
1. Stop eating suspicious foods.
During this time, you will need to:
- Carefully read food labels and ask how foods are prepared at restaurants so you can be sure to avoid possible triggers.
- Keep a food diary to record the foods you are eating.