Food Allergy vs. Sensitivity

February 17, 2017 |

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Unsure if you have a food allergy or sensitivity? We are proud to be able to offer our patients Alletess testing. Alletess specializes in food and inhalant allergy testing, food sensitivities and other tests to assess the immune system.

Immediate food reaction is a fixed food allergy. The food to which you are allergic will almost always provoke an immune reaction when ingested. The most common foods causing allergic reactions are peanuts, soy, wheat, shellfish, fish, milk, eggs and tree nuts.

A food sensitivity, as opposed to a food allergy, happens gradually and isn’t life threatening. Symptoms of a delayed food allergy can take up to 72 hours to appear. Unidentified food sensitivities can then contribute to many chronic health conditions: including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, autism, ADD/ADHD, eczema, chronic ear infections, insomnia and many others.

Alletess will perform a full range of tests from a single serum sample. Using advanced diagnostic technology, Alletess will quantify the levels of specific antibodies in your blood serum to identify the degree and extent of your allergies or sensitivities. We can also test for other conditions such as Celiac Disease, Chemical or Mold Sensitivity. Our providers can order a Wellness Plan, a 4-day rotation/elimination diet plan based on your specific test results. Visit the Alletess website for more information, and schedule your Alletess consultation today (616) 994-2770.


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