Re: Can food allergies trigger GERD symptoms?
You can try eliminating all the suspected foods from your diet and then after at least 10 days of that....eat them again, introducing one food back at a time. Give it 3-4 days as you re-introduce the food and then add another until you find the one(s) that seem to trigger your symptoms. Be aware that you will need to vigilantly read food labels to make sure that packaged foods do not contain the substances you are eliminating.
You can also have a skin test done at an allergist. If you take any form of allergy medication, call your allergist and ask how many days prior to your test to stop taking your medication. This is vital for an accurate result.
The other option you have is a RAST allergy test. This test is done by drawing blood from your arm and then the lab tests your blood for antibody type substances to several suspected food allergens. The results take around 2 weeks to come back from RAST testing, but you can continue on allergy meds. and this test will not be affected by them. (if you take meds.) Older RAST tests were said to be flawed, but the newer RAST tests are quite accurate. Ask for an "Immuno-cap" test. This is considered the gold standard for RAST tests today.
If allergens are a possible issue for you, also consider eliminating MSG and sulfites from your diet. These 2 addatives can trigger many problems for people with allergies and asthma.
Last edited by storms_refuge; 03-01-2005 at 10:56 AM.