Food & Environmental Allergy Testing
Not everyone realizes that a number of health conditions can be initiated or aggravated by food and environmental allergies. Symptoms can range from skin conditions, gas and bloating, sinus congestion, migraines and mood changes. You can see why determining exactly what you may be allergic to can be a key to establishing overall health.
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Importance of Allergy Testing
Allergic reactions to common foods, such as wheat, milk, citrus, soy, and peanuts, may be mistakenly associated with temporary viral infections or other minor illnesses. However, there may be a relationship between many of your symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, or runny nose, and the food allergies that can cause them. An increase in stress, declining health, and recurrent infections can add to chronic food allergies. Gastrointestinal disorders, arthritis, eczema, autoimmune disease, and migraines – just to name a few – have been linked with food allergies and can worsen if the food is not discovered and removed from the diet.
The Food and Environmentally Allergy Testing determines what foods or environmental allergies you may be allergic to for better health and wellness. People of all ages can benefit from allergy testing to eliminate the negative effects on the immune system when allergens attack. Allergy or sensitivity testing is just the first step to better health. Once a food or environmentally allergy has been determined detrimental to your well-being, it’s crucial to have a health plan in place to ensure that your body no longer suffers from the reactions brought on by these allergens. Through a treatment plan, many people find that their food or environmental reactions are reduced or eliminated.
Types of Allergies
Environmental Allergies: Environmental allergies are most commonly classified into indoor, outdoor, seasonal, and perennial (year-round). Common environmental allergens include mold spores, plant pollens, and decaying plant matter. Temperature and moisture levels also play a role in how an allergen affects the body. Peak allergy seasons include mid-spring and late fall. Most environmental allergens are airborne, causing a wide range of symptoms when they come in contact with mucosal surfaces or the skin. Common surfaces where allergens can plague include:
- Eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Nose (allergic rhinitis)
- Throat (laryngitis, laryngeal edema, post nasal drip)
- Skin (allergic dermatitis, eczema)
- Lungs (asthma , chronic cough)
- Sinuses (Headache, rhinosinusitis)
Indoor Allergies: It can be more difficult to deal with indoor allergies as they are present year-round, offering little to no escape from allergens. Animal dander, dust mites, mold spores, and cockroaches are just a few common indoor allergens that can negatively impact your health. The winter season tends to worsen these allergies due to the lack of air circulation and enclosed indoor space. Poor house construction and water leakage can make your ailments worse if not dealt with right away.
Food Allergies: Food allergies are an immunological reaction against proteins found within certain foods. Statistics show that up to 8 percent of the United States population suffers from food sensitivities. Egg, milk, peanut, shellfish, wheat, and fish account for nearly 80 percent of Type I allergies. Type II food allergies occur when environmental allergies cross-react with certain proteins found in foods. For example, tree pollen is often associated with allergies of apples, cherries, peaches, kiwi, carrots, and hazelnut.
Vitalia Allergy Testing & Treatment Center in Vancouver
Allergies can be an underlying cause for a wide scope of symptoms and conditions, from shortness of breath to digestive problems. At Vitalia Healthcare in Vancouver, we are proud to offer Food and Environmentally Allergy Testing to our patients who are in need of help dealing with their allergies. With our comprehensive testing, we can determine exactly what allergies are negatively impacting your health and how to avoid these allergens. Call us today at 1-604-566-WELL (9355).