Food Allergen Testing

Food Allergen Testing Specialist
Food allergies can cause you to have a variety of troublesome symptoms, from diarrhea to difficulty breathing. Identifying food allergies helps you learn to avoid certain foods and prevent allergic reactions. Innovative Healthcare Family Practice offers food allergen testing to patients in and throughout North Texas, including Sherman, Texas. To make an appointment with Karen, please contact Innovative Healthcare Family Practice by calling or booking online today. We're also happy to assist patients that live McKinney, Frisco or Van Alstyne, Texas.

Food Allergen Testing Q & A

What is a food allergy?

A food allergy is an abnormal response to a specific food. Symptoms of food allergies include:

  • Hives or other rashes
  • Itching or swelling in the mouth
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling of the airways
  • Feeling of food getting caught in the esophagus
  • Drop in blood pressure

Food sensitivities are more subtle and hard to track down. Symptoms include:

  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Water retention
  • ADD/ADHD symptoms
  • Depression/mental health disorders
  • Excess mucus production
  • Respiratory allergy/sinus symptoms
  • Asthma exacerbation
  • Brain fog
  • Generalized inflammation

This is not an exhaustive list, and allergies and sensitivities can overlap in their manifestations. Reactions to food range in severity from mild nuisance to life-threatening requiring an epinephrine injector.

Why do food allergies develop?

Your immune system is responsible for protecting your body from certain pathogens that can make you sick, such as bacteria and viruses. But when the digestive system is impaired, normally harmless food substances can “leak” into the periphery outside of the digestive system and cause the body to mount a variety of immune responses.

How does Innovative Healthcare Family Practice diagnose food allergies?

Karen may suspect that you have a food allergy and/or sensitivity based on symptoms you experience after eating certain foods. To confirm that you have this allergy, she may recommend some blood tests.

What treatments are available?

If you have a food allergy, the best way to reduce symptoms is to avoid the food in question. For many patients, avoiding food allergens is the only way to prevent anaphylaxis, which is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

In some cases, patients with severe food allergies accidentally ingest the allergen. To prevent serious complications in these situations, Karen may recommend that you carry emergency epinephrine with you at all times. If you accidentally consume the allergen, injecting the epinephrine will reduce the severity of your attack.

Food sensitivities require avoidance of the offending foods for about three months, and then can be reintroduced in a specific sequence after following a gut-healing protocol.

 

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