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Understanding allergies

What is an allergy?

The difference between allergies and intolerances is that allergies tend to be hereditary and for life. Many children and babies suffer from allergies to tree nuts, peanut, egg and dairy. However, in many incidences, they will eventually grow out of these.

How are allergies detected?

By measuring the blood’s Immunoglobulin E count (IgE) in the blood. These are specific blood cells that help to combat allergies. If you are allergic to a specific food or non-food item, your body will start to immediately react upon contact.

What are typical allergic reactions?

These can include localized swelling (eg, of the throat or tongue), a rash, or difficulty breathing problems.

Common allergens include:

  • Peanut
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Soya

What is a food intolerance?

An intolerance, unlike an allergy, may change according to an individual’s diet or lifestyle. With intolerances you have the ability due to dietary changes to reduce them and even eliminate them.

Symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating and stomach cramps, digestive problems of particular food types such as lactose.

Intolerances are due to a number of factors most commonly because:

  • The body lacks the vital digestive enzymes(s) for the specific food to digest the item properly or efficiently and extract nutrients from it.
  • A sensitivity resulting from over-consumption or overexposure.

Experts in food intolerance and allergy testing

We have been active in this field of research for over ten years and our laboratories have now completed over 65,000 tests. We believe it is currently the best available.

– Testing of over 600 items in a single test
– Non-invasive testing – with samples of just a single strand of hair needed
– Cost effective with a range of tests to suit you or your family