What is the definition and difference between Allergy and Intolerance?
An allergy is a specific immunological term describing a state of hypersensitivity induced by exposure to a particular antigen (allergen) resulting in harmful immunologic reactions on subsequent exposures through your body’s immune system making an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE) which activate histamines at various levels depending on each individual. Symptoms of a true allergy may include hives, wheezing and vomiting, and in some severe cases, anaphylaxis. However, because our threshold to certain allergens can vary, some people can become so intolerant to certain things, that they could ultimately have an induced allergic reaction. This is where the two relate and where Affordable Allergy Testing would provide value for allergens that induce reactions (or intolerance). Signs of being truly and only intolerant to something would display symptoms such as upset stomach and bloating, cramps, diarrhea, “heartburn”, nausea and headaches.. This simply means that physiologically, your body does not digest certain things well or simply does not like these items to be in close vicinity. Food intolerance is far more common than food allergies.
Why can't I receive a report of all of the items tested for?
Unfortunately, the lab CAN NOT send the entire list of 650 items that they test for. You can refer back to the list of items tested on the website if you want to see the list of items tested against. If you do not see the item on your report, then you did not register an intolerance to that item.
Do food items need to be in your system for the lab to detect an intolerance?
Our hair stores DNA type information that gives valuable information pertaining to the cellular changes that would occur within our bodies secondary to exposure to certain allergens. Therefore, if you have never eaten a particular item, it may still show up on your report. In addition, an overconsumption of a particular item can also register as an intolerance.
What is your liability to the test?
Affordable Allergy Testing is confident in their test and results. We know our customers love our testing results and how they have helped. We have less than .04% return rate. If you are not happy with your results, please contact our customer service department at 1-833-600-8378 anytime Monday – Friday between 8am – 5pm EST to discuss your concerns.
Do you have anything to offer people once they get their results to help them understand and not be overwhelmed?
There is no need to worry when it comes to these results because you have already taken the first step to relieving worry. This is indeed a very innovative science that has been highly criticized, just as many currently highly utilized medically related scientific techniques have been when first discovered in the past. However, it is nonetheless reliable science! I would highly suggest taking these results to your PCP or allergist and ask how they presume you should proceed, especially depending on your reasoning for initiating allergy testing. In addition, we are partnering with other companies that provide nutritional counseling and shopping help. New companies are being added each day.
I was tested years ago and a known allergy has not show up on my new test from Affordable Allergy Testing?
If you received a prick test or blood test recently or in the past, it is likely the results may appear different from your results with our lab. There are two broad types reactions that may occur within the body in response to certain foods: an IgE mediated reaction and a Non-IgE mediated reactions. IgE mediated reactions can be easily identified through a blood or “prick” test conducted by your PCP or allergist. Food-induced IgE-mediated reactions range from localized urticaria to anaphylaxis and have been well studied. However, this only accounts for the identification of approximately 2% of known allergens. On the other hand, Non-IgE mediated reactions account for over 40% of other known allergen reactions. Affordable Allergy Testing itests for Non-IgE mediated reactions! It is believed that Non-IgE mediated allergies are reactions that occur at a cellular level although there has been significantly less research into Non-IgE-mediated food reactions. Nonetheless, testing at a cellular level can be conducted through comparisons with DNA from the test subject. If your first results indicated the IgE mediated reaction, it will not show up in this test results.
How soon can I take a re-test?
We recommend that once you have diligently followed the removal of the intolerant items on your list from your diet, you can re-take the test after a two month period has passed. Please contact our office to discuss a discounted price for the re-test.
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