Allergy vs. Intolerance Yes, There Is A Difference!

You may have heard people talking about food allergies. When you hear that phrase, most people think about someone eating food and their tongue or throat swelling and going into anaphylaxis (severe reaction that can result in death). This situation described is actually the worst case scenario that can happen but the one that actually happens the least! Only about 2% of the population has a “true” allergic reaction. Allergists will define a food allergy by a very limited set of symptoms that can be seen. The symptoms include anaphylaxis, hives, asthma, and eczema. The true way of diagnosing an allergy is done by examining the immunological response (typically through a blood test). When exposed to a certain antigen or allergen, the body’s immune system makes an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). The reaction is fast occurring (immediate). Once an individual has developed this type of an IgE response, it will not change or disappear.

When experiencing symptoms such as bloating, nausea, abdominal pain, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, cough, runny nose, itchy eyes or ears, etc., these symptoms typically coincide with what we call “Intolerances”. Intolerances are considered a “delayed” reaction or a non-IgE response. An intolerance typically occurs because your body has a sensitivity to the item. It may be due to an absence of an enzyme, a present chemical, or even because your body just doesn’t like a particular item (check out the list of items the Deluxe Test covers)!

The biggest difference between an allergy and an intolerance is the immunological response and then secondly, the fact that the intolerance response is not forever. Once an elimination of the items you are intolerant to has been removed from your diet, your body can heal itself. After 2-3 months, you may be able to introduce the item back into your diet slowly and/or occasionally without experiencing any symptoms. Intolerances can change over time, so it is important to pay attention to your symptoms. It is not normal for a person to have constant headaches, runny nose, itchy eyes, etc. If you are experiencing these symptoms, there is something that you are eating or in contact with that is not right for you… intolerant too.

Please remember that just because you are eating “healthy”, some of those healthy foods might not be right for you!
Please note that some of these symptoms may overlap between an allergy and an intolerance. The only way to know for sure is to test for the IgE antibodies to determine if you have a true allergy to a particular item.

Here at Affordable Testing, we test for Intolerances or the NON-IgE responses. We have customers ask us all the time why their tests results are different from the test results they may have had performed at the doctors office. My first response is for them to find out the type of test they had done at the doctor’s office. The results of an IgE test may be completely different than the intolerance test that we perform but the results are just as beneficial.

See for yourself and get tested today. Be on the lookout for next week’s blog and follow us on social!

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