Our naturopathic doctor at the J'Adore Medispa and Rejuvenation centre is well adapted at helping you figure out your specific allergy, whether it be an environmental allergy or a food related allergy. Our doctor offers an environmental food allergy test (skin prick on your arm, done in-office) as well as a food allergy panel which includes a test for 96 foods and for which a blood sample is taken and sent to a laboratory.
Food Allergy (IgE: Immediate response)
A true food allergy is triggered by antibody production specific to a particular food. IgE reactions generally occur within minutes of eating a reactive food, which is why they are also called ‘immediate’ hypersensitivity reactions. After the first exposure to a food allergen, the body remembers what the allergen looks like and keeps a supply of IgE ready for immediate release if it sees that allergen again. Food allergies can be life-threatening but these reactions are rare, occurring in less than 1% of people. Skin reactions like hives and eczema, and breathing and digestive problems are also common IgE reactions. The IgE panel offered at J'Adore is useful for identifying IgE reactions to regularly eaten foods responsible for unexplained symptoms such as:
- Anaphylaxis (pain, swelling, redness, hot skin)
- Abdominal pain
IgG Food Sensitivity (Delayed response)
Food sensitivities are delayed reactions to specific foods that are triggered by IgG antibodies. In an IgG reaction, the IgG antibodies attach themselves to the food antigen and create an antibody-antigen complex. These complexes are normally removed by special cells called macrophages. However, if they are present in large numbers and the reactive food is still being consumed, the macrophages can’t remove them quickly enough. The food antigen-antibody complexes accumulate and are deposited in body tissues. Once in tissue, these complexes release inflammation causing chemicals, which may play a role in numerous diseases and conditions. There is a growing body of evidence to support the clinical benefits of eliminating IgG reactive foods from the diet. IgG food sensitivities have been implicated in:
- Migraine headaches
- Irritable bowel syndrome (alternating diarrhea and constipation)
- Weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
Environmental Allergies (IgE Skin Prick)
An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Symptoms include:
- Red eyes
- Runny nose
Allergies can play a major role in conditions such as asthma. In some people, severe allergies to environmental or dietary allergens or to medication may result in life-threatening reactions called anaphylaxis. Food allergies and reactions to the venom of stinging insects such as wasps and bees are more often associated with these severe reactions. Not all reactions or intolerances are forms of allergy.
Allergy is one of four forms of hypersensitivity and is formally called type I (or immediate) hypersensitivity. Allergic reactions are distinctive because of excessive activation of certain white blood cells called mast cells and basophils by a type of antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). This reaction results in an inflammatory response which can range from uncomfortable to dangerous.