Food Allergy Test
Food allergies donít usually lead to inhaled allergy symptoms like asthma, but in most cases they can be much more dangerous because they can lead to immediate swelling of the throat or face which can be life threatening. The most common foods that are associated with food-related allergies are eggs, soy, wheat, fish, cowís milk, shellfish and peanuts.
Various complications may arise as a result of an allergic reaction or allergy medication, the worst of which may include anaphylaxis which is a life-threatening allergic reaction. A reaction may also cause severe breathing problems and discomfort during the reaction, the symptoms of which may only be reduced with the help of allergy medications. Treatments may also however result in drowsiness and other side effects.
If you experience extremely severe symptoms of an allergy or if your current allergy treatment has stopped working, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Tests and Treatments
Antihistamines, corticosteroids and decongestants are available in many forms as effective treatments for food allergies. If you know you are allergic to a particular foodstuff, itís a good idea to have an allergy treatment on hand in case of an attack. Many allergy treatments are available as both over-the-counter and prescription-only pills, sprays, inhalers, drops or creams. Severe food-related allergic reactions should be treated with epinephrine which is a prescription-only treatment.
If you are suffering from a food-related allergy, itís important to take an allergy test or visit your doctor as soon as possible, so you can get the right treatment before the reaction becomes too advanced. Your doctor will prescribe you treatment depending on your age and health status, the type of allergy and the severity of your symptoms.
Immunotherapy can be used as a type of long-term treatment for those who suffer extensively from allergies and find symptoms hard to control or treat with other medication. Immunotherapy is given in the form of allergy shots on a daily or weekly basis.
At TestDiagnostics, we offer our patients a revolutionary new method of food allergy testing with our laboratory-processed FastCheckPOC test which has been developed by a leading diagnostic laboratory in the UK. This test requires you to use a safety lancet to draw a few drops of sample blood for processing.†
The Food Allergy Test allows you to effectively test for the 12 most common food-related allergens and will provide you with an overview of the main allergens which are causing your allergic symptoms. This test covers up to 90% of the main allergies experienced throughout the UK today.
The Food Allergy Test tests for the following 12 allergens:
- vegetables (carrots, soy beans, celery)
- hen eggs (whole)
- cowís milk (raw)
- flour (wheat and rye)
- fish mix
- meat mix
Taking a Food Allergy Test
Itís easy to take a Food Allergy Test with us. All you need to do is click on the button below to order your allergy test. Your kit will be sent to you via next-day delivery, directly from our partner laboratory.
Once you have received your test kit, you need to be careful to follow the exact instructions provided on the test kit so that you accurately provide your sample. You will need to add two or three drops (100ul) of capillary blood to the test solution using the included safety lancet provided. You can choose to take this blood sample from your fingertip or from your earlobe.
Once you have provided your sample and completed the allergy test as per the instructions provided, simply post your test back to our partner laboratory. Your results will be emailed to the address provided within two days of the laboratory receiving your sample.
If you test positive for any of the 12 food allergies previously mentioned, we would advise that you visit your doctor with your test results to hand so that they may provide you with the most effective allergy treatment and advice possible.