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    Default How do you get tested for food intolerances/allergies?

    Do I get a referral from the GP?
    See a naturopath?
    Visit a private clinic (does such a thing exist?)
    Is it accurate and is it done by skin pricking or blood testing?
    I can't seem to find much info on it!

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    Maybe someone can help with private, but we have our name down for public. So far it's been a 3 month wait. Referral by gp

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    I have tried an elimination diet several times but really really struggle with it. I thought if I could get a test that would confirm I was allergic to something it would make it easier to avoid that food. Sounds stupid I know. I'm fairly certain I am intolerant to dairy and possibly gluten. Cutting them both out is so difficult as both those things are in absolutely everything!

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    My GP referred me to a gastroenterologist, then he sent me for dairy intolerance & fructose malabsorption tests at the local public hospital- these are done via breath tests & takes about 2-3 hours for each. I came back positive for both.. So worth it- after years of stomach issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyBovine View Post
    Allergies and intolerances aren't the same thing.

    You can be tested for allergies.

    As far as I know, intolerances can only be pinpointed by eliminating foods and adding them back in. The diets are hard to stick to though. Not so bad at home, but a minefield eating out at a restaurant / someone else's house.
    Ok thanks, I don't know a whole lot about it I have only just been researching it recently and making the connections. Yes I can go ok at home, but once I go out or get starving (am in 2nd trimester so always hungry) I usually cave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by green tea View Post
    My GP referred me to a gastroenterologist, then he sent me for dairy intolerance & fructose malabsorption tests at the local public hospital- these are done via breath tests & takes about 2-3 hours for each. I came back positive for both.. So worth it- after years of stomach issues.
    That sounds interesting green tea thankyou. The dairy one would be really beneficial to me. I will ask my GP about it

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    Sorry forget what I wrote above. Our dd has an egg allergy and on the public list for skin pricks

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    We've had it done private. Was 6 month wait. Referral from gp. If want to go public again referral from gp. In Melb 12 month wait public, that's why went private. Out of pocket was about $200.

    Can go to private testing without gp referral but then won't get Medicare contribution to fee and will pay full fee.

    Cheers,
    Beetle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beetlegeuse View Post
    We've had it done private. Was 6 month wait. Referral from gp. If want to go public again referral from gp. In Melb 12 month wait public, that's why went private. Out of pocket was about $200.

    Can go to private testing without gp referral but then won't get Medicare contribution to fee and will pay full fee.

    Cheers,
    Beetle
    Was this for a child Beetle? wow that's a long waiting time

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    Hi Green Tea, was for a 3 year old. I was surprised at waiting list. I was on cancellation list as well in case could get earlier appointment, but no cancellations.

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