Allergy Testing

Worried you might have a food intolerance or allergy?

Allergy testing

 

Food intolerance and allergy testing (ELISA) is available at Vico Health clinic.  The consultation takes 1 hour 20 minutes which includes 40 minutes for the test (immediate results) and forty minutes discussing a personalised food plan which may be an Elimination or Detoxification diet. The cost is €120.

True allergy only affects around 2% of the population. Food intolerance is far more common, affecting an estimated 45% of the population. Food intolerance can negatively affect health and wellbeing.

A main aim at the clinic is to help patients avoid or prevent ill health.  A key problem is inflammation.  Many factors can cause inflammation in the gut such as stress, illness, high sugar diet, poor sleep and the use of some medicines. This inflammation, over time, can lead to gut permeability and food intolerance.  If the body has developed an  intolerance to a food there can be an IgG inflammatory response.  The person may experience symptoms as a result. These might include bloating, distension, weight gain, fatigue, joint pain, itchy skin, foggy thinking and a general lack of wellbeing.

If a food intolerance has developed and we continue to use the offending foods, inflammation can persist, further aggravating the gut wall and increasing food sensitivities and signs and symptoms.

Sometimes we use an Elimination diet and Supplementation to repair the gut lining but the best results are obtained by first doing an ELISA test  to scientifically establish which foods are causing inflammation and then progress to the elimination diet and supplements if necessary.

Many patients report not only a decrease in digestive system symptoms but increased feelings of energy and well-being.

What exactly is food intolerance?

Essentially food intolerance is your body’s abnormal reaction to certain foods which can manifest itself in a number of ways. Some people will have one symptom such as a severe headache whilst others will be unfortunate to experience irritable bowel syndrome, migraine and skin or respiratory conditions.

Realising that your food is a catalyst for particular symptoms is not easy when, unlike the immediate reactive symptoms of food allergy, food intolerance symptoms often appear hours or even days later.

Many food intolerance sufferers have commented post-diagnosis and treatment that they realise they had been experiencing minor symptoms as a result of intolerance for their entire lives.

Food allergy is not the same as food intolerance.

A common confusion generally exists whenever the words food allergy or food intolerance are discussed.

A classical food allergy (such as peanut or shellfish allergy) is usually characterised by an immediate and often severe reaction of the immune system to exposure to a specific food.

The symptoms of food allergy include sneezing, rashes, skin irritation, swelling, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea and vomiting. Normally symptoms occur within a few minutes of eating or coming into contact with the offending food, although they can be delayed by up to two hours.

Food allergy is quite rare with only about 2% of the population being diagnosed with the condition. The most common instances of food allergy are to peanuts, tree nuts (almonds and brazils), eggs, milk, fish and shellfish.

When exposed to the source of food allergy the body makes specific antibodies (IgE) to ‘fight off’ the allergens found in these foods and when the food is next eaten it triggers an immune system response which results in the release of histamine and other naturally occurring chemicals in the body.

Allergic reactions to food can vary considerably in their severity and some can be fatal.

Food intolerance versus food allergy in brief

 

Food Intolerance Food Allergy
  • Reactions are usually delayed and symptoms may take several days to appear.
  • You can be intolerant to several different food groups at the same time.
  • Sufferers can experience multiple symptoms, from migraine to bloating, diarrhoea, lethargy and a general feeling of unwellness.
  • Reactions usually occur quickly, with a maximum of 2 hours after exposure to the ‘reactive’ food.·
  • Food allergy involves the body’s immune system and is a reaction to a specific food.
  • Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, rashes, swelling, runny nose and anaphylactic shock.
  • These can potentially be life threatening.

 

To Book

To book an allergy testing consultation or to find out more phone 01- 2023931 / 087-2140064 or get in touch.

 

 

 

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