Food Sensitivity Testing in Alpharetta

Food Sensitivity refers to the reaction to food that irritates a person’s digestive system. Food sensitivity is mostly associated with the breaking down of food, but it has a delayed reaction—it may happen a day of two after eating a certain food. Symptoms for food sensitivities include fatigue, bloating, Constipation, anxiety or depression, palpitations, headaches, joint Pain, eczema, circles under eyes, autoimmune reactions and sometimes pain.

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Our treatment for food sensitivity may include eliminating the foods that cause inflammation for 6 months then re-introduce the foods and retest. We also encourage our patients to maintain a food and symptom diary so that it will be easier for them to find what they might be sensitive to.

Food sensitivity and food allergy might have similar symptoms, so it is hard to know which one a person might be suffering from until after diagnosis. Food sensitivity takes longer to react, so it is hard to keep track of it compare to food allergy. Most people confuse their symptoms with food allergy, so it is very important to see a doctor for the right diagnosis.

An allergy is an abnormal sensitivity reaction of the immune system to a substance. The substance that triggers the allergy is known as an allergen. Allergens can include plant pollen, pet dander, insect venom, dust, mold, foods and drugs. Common conditions associated with allergies are sneezing, itching, nasal congestion, drainage and eye itching and swelling called allergic conjunctivitis. Over 50 million Americans are allergic to some of the foods, chemical and insects.

Food Allergy Testing Alpharetta

A large number of Americans are allergic to food products like peanuts, milk, eggs, some fruits, nuts and many other things. Common symptoms for food allergies includes hives, swelling, throat clearing, wheezing, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, low blood pressure and some times death. It is important to diagnose food allergies because you can only avoid the allergen and not cure the allergy itself.

Medication and Allergy Testing Alpharetta

Reactions to medications are common, yet everyone responds to them differently. One person may develop a rash while the other may have a swollen body. Most of the time, the reactions to medication occur within an hour after taking the drug. The chances of developing an allergy are higher when you take the medication frequently or when given by injection, rather than taken by mouth. Keep your physician and dentist informed regarding your drug allergies. This will help determine which medications they should avoid.

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