Allergies to certain foods may manifest themselves in ways that you might not expect. Health problems such as migraines, IBS, arthritis, asthma, sinusitis, ear infections, psoriasis, eczema, fatigue and more can be symptoms of allergic reactions to food. The only way to know for certain is through comprehensive food allergy tests in Arlington.
A food allergy is an immune system reaction. The body reacts to specific foods by producing antibodies against them that can be mild or serious. Some reactions are immediate and potentially life-threatening and others have a delayed reaction that shows up to 2 days later.
Common food allergens include eggs, peanuts and gluten. Others may be corn, soy, chocolate, beans, other nuts, yeast and citrus fruits. There are 3 primary options for testing for these and other allergens:
- The most common form of allergy testing are skin prick tests. While very effective for respiratory allergy testing, they do not work as well for food allergies.
- An allergy elimination diet can be completed at home and is quite accurate but is time consuming and detailed.
- Blood antibody testing covers 100 or more foods and is more easily completed than an elimination diet.
Avoidance of foods found to be allergic is the best way to treat a food allergy. A rotation diet may also be implemented. A number of natural supplements can be added to daily meal plans to help heal food allergies and reduce sensitivity to allergens.
For guidance about your possible food allergies, contact McQuinn Naturopathic at (425)905-2487. We will be happy to schedule you for food allergy tests in Arlington.