Food Allergy Testing - Issaquah, WA
Food Allergy Testing Through Advanced Diagnostics
At Cascade Integrative Medicine in Issaquah, we offer comprehensive food allergy testing services to identify and manage allergies effectively. Our experienced doctors employ advanced diagnostic techniques to determine specific food triggers that may be causing adverse reactions in your body. With this knowledge, we create personalized dietary plans and lifestyle recommendations to help you avoid allergens, reduce symptoms, and improve your overall quality of life. Trust our expertise to guide you towards a healthier and more comfortable relationship with food.
What is a Food Allergy?
Food allergies are physical symptoms triggered by an immune reaction directed toward the foods we eat. Food allergies can affect multiple organs and cause a range of symptoms, some of which may become life-threatening. Food reactions typically are not due to food allergies, however, but rather, food intolerances. Unlike food allergies, the symptoms of food intolerances are generally restricted to the gastrointestinal tract. Food intolerances may be caused by sensitivity to an ingredient in the offending food (e.g., lactose found in dairy products) or by a pre-existing gastrointestinal condition, such as inflammatory bowel disease.
How are Food Allergies Identified?
Food allergy testing requires that a blood sample is collected and submitted to a clinical laboratory that performs the test. A food allergies or food sensitivity is usually associated with an elevated level of serum IgE antibodies against the food allergen. Food allergy testing measures the quantity of the food allergen present in the patient’s blood. In some cases, IgG and IgA antibodies associated with food sensitivities may be measured.