Food Allergy and Sensitivity Testing
It’s one of the scariest moments as a parent: you watch your child chow down on a snack and all of the sudden, they’re swelling up and turning red.
According to FoodAllergy.org,
“Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.9 million children under age 18. That’s 1 in 13 children, or roughly two in every classroom.”
Statistics show that about 30% of children with food allergies are allergic to more than one food.
The CDC reported the problem with food allergies doubled (grew by 50%!) between 1997 and 2011.
Children aren’t the only ones with food allergies either – many adults are finding themselves with food intolerance, unable to eat like they used to.
What are the common food allergies?
There are over 170 foods that have caused allergic reactions, however the top 8 allergy-causing foods are:
- Tree nuts
- Crustacean shellfish
Getting an allergy test for food sensitivities
At Test Smartly Labs, we offer a food allergy test to look not only for food allergies, but food sensitivities.
Depending on the test you request, we can look for hundreds of substances that may be triggering the ongoing discomfort you feel from allergy symptoms, as well as other issues.
While a food allergy can be life-threatening in its worst cases and its symptoms come on really quickly, a food sensitivity works differently. Its impact may be delayed, and it may irritate other bodily systems, for example the GI tract.
What’s nice about our blood-based allergy test, the ALCAT test, is you don’t have to learn your allergy by trial-and-error, nor do you have to undergo a panel of needles and tests. Our blood test can help you identify the exact foods that may cause you a light, moderate to severe reaction.
Our “Gold Standard” Food Allergy Test
At Test Smartly Labs, we use the ALCAT test which can measure your reaction to foods, chemicals, and molds. A standard lgG blood test depends on what you previously ate but the ALCAT test can tell you much more.
Just watch how it works:
To get started, contact Test Smartly Labs.