Food allergies have become more common over the past two decades, although it is not fully understood why. It is usually more common amongst children, who often outgrow their allergies. Our food allergies package test includes tests for celery, egg white, egg yolk, fish (cod), garlic, kiwi, maize, milk (cow’s), onion, peanut, sesame seed, soya bean, tomato, wheat, & yeast.
The symptoms of a true food allergy usually develop quite quickly, often within seconds or minutes, & at most up to an hour of exposure to the allergen (as opposed to an intolerance, which often involves a more delayed response). Symptoms of food allergies include:
hives (urticaria), where the skin develops itchy, raised red patches
an itching sensation on the face, eyelids, lips, or tongue
swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, or tongue
shortness of breath
In the case of very serious food allergies, the reaction can be anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock, which affects the entire body & requires emergency medical intervention.
When should I get tested?
You can come in for food allergy testing at any time, whether or not you have been recommended to by a doctor. You may be exhibiting some allergic symptoms & want to get tested to see if they are due to a food allergy, or your doctor may advise you to have the testing in order to help with diagnosis of ongoing symptoms.
What the test includes
The food allergies test is a simple blood test.