Food Allergy Testing in Ankeny
Food isn’t just for nourishing our bodies, it can also be an incredibly satisfying and positive experience for our emotions and wellbeing. If you live to eat rather than eat to live, then you may be concerned when you start noticing brain fog, bloating, gas, and other problems whenever you finish eating. These symptoms maybe indicate you have a food sensitivity or allergy.
Symptoms of Food Allergies
It is important to be aware of food allergy symptoms, as they can become dangerous and require immediate medical attention. Some symptoms include an itchy sensation, rash or swelling around the mouth or throat.
A severe and dangerous allergic reaction is known as anaphylaxis. While rare, it is more common in people with food-related allergies. Signs of anaphylaxis include:
- Swelling or narrowing of the throat
- Trouble breathing
- A sudden drop in blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
How To Test for a Food Allergy
Food allergies usually require avoiding the allergen completely and carrying an epinephrine auto-injector (such as EpiPen®, Avi-Q®, or Adrenaclick®) at all times. Our board-certified allergists in West Des Moines and the surrounding areas provide support for food allergies, including allergies to shellfish, peanuts, dairy, and other common food allergens. The best way to prevent allergy symptoms is to avoid the food altogether; however, if you’re not sure which food or foods could be causing your symptoms, it’s a good idea to see an allergist for testing.
The most common types of food allergy tests include:
- Peanut Allergy Testing
- Tree Nut Allergy Testing
- Fish Allergy Testing
- Soy Allergy Testing
- Milk or Egg Allergy Testing
- Wheat Allergy Testing
When You Should Get A Food Allergy Test
While there are well over 100 different foods that can cause allergic reactions, there are only eight foods that most commonly cause allergies. These eight foods include:
- Shellfish (e.g. crab; shrimp)
- Tree nuts
We can provide you with a list of foods that are safe to eat and what to avoid based on the results of your food allergy test. We can also sit down with you and talk about how to read labels to look for possible allergens that you’ll want to avoid.
If you are concerned about a food allergy it is helpful to document what
foods you consumed prior to the
onset of your symptons. Your dilligence may enable a speedier diagnosis and fast-track the most appropriate
course of treatment in providing long-term relief for your symptoms. This can shed some light on what foods could be to blame when you visit our offices.
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