An allergy can be defined as an abnormal response by the immune system to the environment, where the body’s environment can be defined as anything that can be touched, eaten, drunk, breathed or injected.
When looking at a food allergy test, food intolerance test or general allergy test, it’s important to understand the symptoms a client is experiencing. We also look at the wider health picture to get a holistic view of the condition.
The allergic reaction can result in any of the following across men, women, children, babies:
- Skin disorders such as hives (urticaria), eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis
- Digestive disorders such as reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea
- Respiratory conditions such as hay fever, asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, breathing problems, tickly cough
- Eyes, ears, nose, throat problems such as red itchy eyes, fullness in the ears, consistent sore throat
- Candida Albicans overgrowth resulting in vaginal or oral thrush
- General fatigue with headaches, migraines, constipation or diarrhoea, swollen joints, mouth ulcers
- Stress – contributes to feeling tired, the body is responding to excessive pressures with the autonomic nervous system and endocrine system, a response by which the person can feel constantly tired
Some allergies, especially certain food allergies, are masked as there is no immediate allergic reaction. These allergies build in the system for hours or days and slowly affect health over a period of time without people realising the true cause so it’s important to deal with allergies sooner rather than later. These are sometimes called food intolerances.
However, food intolerances can also be defined as those people who may have a digestive factor missing in the processing of a certain type of food – lactose food intolerance occurs with people where lactase is sufficiently absent in digestion, causing a food intolerance immune reaction. A gluten allergy test, dairy allergy test and more are included in the testing process.