Environmental Allergens and Food Allergies

Do you suffer with allergies? 

An allergy is a reaction the body has to a specific food or substance eg. dust mite, pollen, cat dander etc.  Adults can develop allergies to things they weren’t previously allergic to.  Most allergies are mild and can be controlled by avoiding the triggers.  Life style changes may also be helpful.

Occasionally, severe reactions can occur called anaphylaxis, which require urgent medical attention – but thankfully these are quite rare.

Allergies can cause many symptoms such as:

sneezing, itching, runny/blocked nose, red, itchy, watery eyes, vomiting, diarrhoea, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, swelling of the lips/tongue/eyes and face, skin rashes and worsening of asthma or eczema symptoms.

To help you manage your allergies, it is helpful to know exactly what you are reacting to.  Taking an allergy test may help you identify potential triggers, giving you more control over your health.

Please note the presence of IgE antibodies is only an indication of an allergy and not a definitive diagnosis.  Results will only show up on the test if you have been exposed to the allergen within the last 12-48 hours.   The results should always be considered along with symptoms.

The Environmental Allergens and Food Allergies Test will test for the following markers:

Foods

Egg white Milk Cod Salmon Crab Shrimp
Meat Mix Wheat Rice Soy Potato Peanut
Hazelnut Almond Tomato Carrot orange Strawberry
Apple Peach

Environmental

Birch Hazelnut pollen Olive Cypress Ash European Timothy grass
Rye Bermuda grass Bahia grass Common regweed Mugwort English plantain
Cat dander Horse dander Dog dander House dust mites * Cockroach Cladosporium

*D. pteronyssinus and D. farinae

How it works

The test involves having a small amount of blood taken from a pin prick in your finger.  This is sent away to a laboratory, and the results are available within 5 working days.  A report is sent to your practitioner detailing which (if any) substances you are reacting to and also the strength of the reaction.

You then have the information you need to help you manage your health more effectively.

If you are interested in taking an allergy test, or would like more information, please contact Adele on 07790 261914 or alternatively email adele@poyntonholisticclinic.co.uk.  Or fill out the form on the         ‘Contact Us’ page.