Graded Oral Food Challenge
A Graded Oral Food Challenge (GOFC) is the “gold standard” for diagnosing specific food allergies or the absence thereof. If your provider determines that you are a candidate based on your history, exam, testing and previous treatment, he or she may recommend a GOFC.
The Graded Oral Food Challenge is a valuable tool for a patient and family to help answer questions about their treatment progress, whether avoidance of foods is necessary or if a food can be reintroduced into the diet in a safe manner.
The challenge will help your doctor:
- Determine how allergic you may be to a specific food
- Evaluate the effectiveness of allergy drop treatment
- Determine if you/your child has outgrown a food allergy
The challenge also provides the diagnostic information that allows your medical team to further modify your treatment.
During a challenge, we test only one food at a time, using a detailed protocol and designated food challenge suite that is closely monitored by a specially trained medical team. The specified food will be given in timed intervals at pre-calculated amounts.
Our challenge protocol integrates the best practices from leading food allergy centers that provide food challenges. Our team and facility are equipped with state-of-the art technology and training to address the many facets of food challenges in a safe, comfortable environment.
For details about the Graded Oral Food Challenge and whether you might be a candidate, please talk with your doctor at your next scheduled visit.