Allergies can occur for a variety of reasons, since there are also different types of allergens. Food is common allergen (both touching and consuming) and can be identified by food allergy testing. Other allergens can be from environmental causes (trees, mold, pollen), chemicals and medication. Each can cause your immune system to overreact, leading to an array of health issues. Because your immune system regulates how your body defends against exterior invaders, knowing what you are allergic to is imperative to help deter and control symptoms.
When it comes to identifying if a food is causing your allergic reaction, your medical provider will take a small blood sample from a prick of your finger. Your blood sample will be sent to a medical laboratory for testing. The results of the blood test will be combined with a thorough examination to help establish what foods you are not allergic to. Once you understand what you are allergic to, a proper diagnosis can significantly increase your quality of life and help you avoid future allergen issues.
Allergies vs Sensitivities
Just because your body reacts negatively to certain foods, does not necessarily mean you have a food allergy. Allergies always trigger an immune system response. In some cases, such as lactose intolerance, an individual may have issues digesting certain foods, but is not allergic to the foods. This is generally referred to as a food sensitivity or food intolerance. The symptoms of a food allergy and a food sensitivity may be similar, but there is a difference, and they should be treated differently. If you have a food sensitivity, you may be able to tolerate the particular food in small amounts and the symptoms are generally less severe than an allergy. Understanding your food sensitivities can also be helpful for those suffering from fatigue or wanting to lose weight.
Symptoms of Allergens
- Respiratory symptoms: runny nose, itchy or watering eyes, chest congestion, coughing or wheezing.
- Skin: Itching, hives, redness or severe eczema
- Abdominal: Severe cramping, vomiting, painful diarrhea after eating
- Anaphylaxis: the most severe, life threatening reaction to allergens which can result in death
Additional Information About Food Allergy Testing
- Undergoing testing is the best to precisely determine what you are allergic to and to alleviate symptoms.
- Having allergy testing done by a healthcare professional can help you determine the issues quicker and speed you onto relief for your symptoms.
- Discussing your past medical history, eating habits and general lifestyle with your medical provider can help establish potential or known allergens.
- Once the allergens or sensitivities have been identified, you can begin to feel better and know what types of foods to avoid.
Arcadia Wellness Center is one of the only medical centers in the valley that provides food allergy testing. Schedule a consultation to learn how food allergy testing and food sensitivity treatment can lead to a greater quality of life and health.
Call (480) 351-3688 to schedule your appointment