When it comes to allergies and common allergic reactions peanuts are usually the biggest culprit and the most common one. If someone is allergic to peanuts and he or she ingests them then they can go through food-induced anaphylaxis, which stands for an allergic reaction that is very severe. However, a couple of British scientists have recently come up with a blood test that is more accurate at detecting this time of allergy. If that was not enough, the tests are even 5 times cheaper than the standard one that is used now.
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The researchers that worked on this test say that it is 100 percent accurate at detecting a peanut allergy. The researchers at the Medical Research Council decided to test this out by using it on children and one out of five children that were tested were found to have a peanut allergy and if they ingested peanuts then this allergic reaction would be triggered, marking that the test works just as it is supposed to.
The difference between this new test and the current one is that the current one is unable to detect if he found a food triggered sensitivity or an actual allergy. The test is not completely accurate and in some cases, patients have to be administered the food that they think they might be allergic to while doctors look and see if the allergic reaction is triggered.
In some cases, patients may even have very severe reactions which are not only stressful but in some cases even be life-threatening. This is why researchers believe that the new test is better since it is more accurate and it also leaves out the part where the patient sometimes has to sit through an allergic reaction in order to see if he or she has it or not.