A food allergy occurs when the body’s immune system reacts unusually to specific foods or substances. Although allergies are often mild, they can sometimes be severe and even life-threatening if not treated correctly. Plus, they are not always obvious to pick up on and can be confused with entirely different conditions with similar symptoms.
Thankfully, with the introduction of food allergy testing, we now have a scientifically proven way of determining why your body reacts adversely to certain foods.
What should you do if you think you have an allergy?
If you think you may be suffering from a food allergy, the first thing to do is keep a dedicated diary of the food you eat to help narrow down what is causing these symptoms. Common foods that cause a reaction are milk, eggs, nuts, shellfish and certain fruits and vegetables.
Those with an allergy to any of these food types tend to experience red rashes, swelling of the face, eyes, lips, and tongue. You may also have an itchy sensation in your mouth, throat or ears.
A diary obviously won’t combat these symptoms, but it will give you an idea of what to avoid in the short term. The best way to get more conclusive results in the long term is by taking an easy home-to-lab test.
Getting the best test
Our allergy screens provide accurate results by taking a small blood sample through a simple skin prick test.
The test will identify raised immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels in the bloodstream when paired with 35 of the most common allergens and 100’s of potential trigger points. These IgE antibodies are what the body’s immune system uses to fight off dangerous antigens. And if an inflammatory response happens when put into contact with specific food items, that could potentially be the cause of your symptoms.
Not only is this type of test incredibly effective and safe, but it’s also very simple and the results are quick. Once the lab has concluded the test, it will then provide a detailed guide on why the body has had an adverse reaction and give tips on how best to avoid that food type in the future. This is the only way to ensure you leave no stone unturned and have complete peace of mind that you’re staying safe.
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