You need to detect your allergies in order to get rid of your allergy symptoms. Especially with spring coming around, you need to know what is causing your runny nose, headaches and dizziness. Check out our article below to see how we think allergy testing can help you to have a brighter future.

Detecting Allergies

Allergies themselves are detected by measuring the Immunoglobulin E count (IgE) in the blood. It is important that everyone knows their allergy triggers and learns what they need to do in the case of an allergic reaction. Thankfully, at Test Your Intolerance, our elite test is able to detect possible food allergens which could cause you pain. As mentioned, our expert lab technicians measure the IgE count within an individual’s blood. These are specific blood cells that help to combat allergies. So, if you have an allergy to a particular food or non-food item, your body will begin to react the moment it comes into contact with food allergens. Allergy testing could be exactly what you need to improve your lifestyle and also help you improve your diet.

Common allergic reactions

Common allergic reactions can include localised swelling (i.e. of the throat or tongue), a rash, or difficulty breathing. Peanut, shellfish, egg and soya are among some of the most common food allergens. You can identify the food allergens which are causing you to experience a wide range of painful symptoms by using allergy testing.

By comparison, food intolerance is not as severe and immediate as an allergy. These symptoms come on gradually; anything from 30 minutes up to 48 hours later. These symptoms might include headaches, bloating, localised itching or skin irritations such as eczema, excessive mucous production, excessive gas, diarrhoea, and fatigue. It is important that you identify the difference between an allergy and an intolerance.

Recognising your food allergies

The most common method of recognising food allergies is with a simple blood test (IgE antibody testing) and understanding symptoms. IgE allergies are immediate responses to a foreign substance that has entered the body. These food items are not usually harmful food. These foreign substances can come from food or can come from inhalation. IgE allergies can cause very serious allergy or intolerance symptoms like difficulty breathing, swelling, and hives. In even more serious cases, IgE reactions can lead to anaphylactic shock.

IgG4 food sensitivities are generally less severe than IgE food sensitivities and typical symptoms can include; headaches and nausea, seizures and hyperactivity. These may occur hours or even days after the offending food has been ingested. The degree and severity of symptoms vary because of the genetic makeup of the individual. IgG4 food sensitivities are generally treated by removing problem foods from the diet and by helping digestion with probiotics.

Info on allergy testing

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