Awareness of the severity of some food allergies has expanded in the past few years, but many people still suffer from daily aches and pains due to a dietary issue. Allergy testing can change that. Research continues to show links between illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, migraines, and chronic pain to food allergies. A simple sandwich could contain dozens of triggers that send you into a fog of confusion, dizziness, and inflammation. Extensive testing can be completed here at our office to help you quickly rule out hundreds of potential allergies.
What Irritants Can You Test For?
We offer ALCAT testing to provide the widest range of panel options. You can choose from dozens of options to measure your reactions to over 200 food items and many other common allergy triggers. The wide range of allergens covered by the tests include:
- Common foods like mushrooms, shellfish, peanuts, strawberries, and wheat
- Herbs and other supplements commonly used to treat illnesses
- Pesticides and other environmental hazards
- Nearly two dozen molds and mildews that develop in and around homes
- Antibiotics and other medications that can trigger serious reactions
What Are the Differences Between Allergies and Intolerance?
When a patient is allergic to a food or additive ingredient, they usually encounter symptoms like hives, wheezing, confusion, and stomach pain. These kinds of allergic reactions are far less common than general intolerance for a given food. Many people have an intolerance to one or more foods that cause low grade but persistent symptoms. Skin problems, headaches, and insomnia can all arise when a food intolerance goes untreated. Modifying your diet to avoid just a few snacks or ingredients could give you remarkable results. However, you will not know what exactly to cut out if you do not invest in ALCAT testing first.
How Does the ALCAT Test Work?
The ALCAT food sensitivity test is a minimally invasive blood test that accurately and reproducibly measures biological cellular reactivity in whole blood. Unlike standard IgG tests, which rely exclusively on one immune pathway and merely detects exposure, the ALCAT test is the premier test for detecting food, mold and chemical sensitivities/intolerances. Studies show the ALCAT test to be 83.4% accurate with foods and 96% accurate with food additives, as compared with the Gold Standard – a double blind oral challenge.
The ALCAT test objectively measures changes in size and number of white blood cells in response to ex vivo challenges with foods, chemicals and other environmental stimuli. Scores are generated by relating the patients’ own blood without test substrate to their tested, reactive blood. Results are separated into four categories – Severe Intolerance, Moderate Intolerance, Mild Intolerance and Acceptable Foods – on a color coded report that is accessible online by the prescribing doctor or by hard copy. Included in the results is an individualized rotation diet.
The ALCAT stands for “Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Test”. Compared with other food allergy tests, this test measures the leuckocyte cellular reactivity in whole blood. This test differs from standard allergy tests, such as the skin test, by using state of the art, hematological instrumentation. ALCAT is most accurate for delayed type reactions to foods and chemicals by measuring the presence of allergen specific IgE molecules. The standard allergy tests, or IgG tests, are indicative of exposure, but not necessarily intolerance.
After your blood is collected in the office, we send to the laboratory, where it is tested using state of the art proprietary technology. The ALCAT Test identified reactions to over 300 foods, chemical and other substance associated with inflammation which are linked to chronic health problems.
If you suffer from migraine headaches, aching joints, arthritis, fatigue, gastrointestinal disordered, eczema and other skin conditions, depression, anxiety, bloating, abdominal pain, chronic cough, weight gain, obesity, osteoarthritis or dyspepsia (heartburn), then you should consider having this antigen allergy test.
Which Symptoms Can Food Allergies Cause?
Most people with a food allergy or intolerance experience one or more painful and irritating symptoms. It is rare that patients with triggering diets do not have at least one symptom like:
- Difficulty maintaining a healthy weight
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome and its accompanying symptoms
- Arthritis and other forms of joint pain and swelling
- General fatigue, mental fog, and daily confusion
- Difficulty concentrating on daily tasks
- Headaches or debilitating migraines that return regularly
- Skin disorders
Even if your symptoms have other causes, reducing foods you are intolerant to can reduce overall inflammation and reverse low energy levels. This makes it an ideal complementary treatment when undergoing care for spinal problems or nerve compression.
We have a full medical team to help you interpret your results and choose a course of action. There are many benefits to choosing a team that works together seamlessly to treat each patient at every level. Learn about your individual sensitivities with a full panel of ALCAT allergy testing.
This test is covered by most insurance companies, so call us for an appointment today at (843) 405-0025