Why You Should Consider a Food Allergy TestAllergies are, very simply, an abnormal, unwanted reaction to a stimulus. Our body detects the allergen particle, or antigen, and responds in a hypersensitive fashion, getting the immune system involved. They way our immune system deals with the allergen particle is by using antibodies (Ig). Our immune system has 5 classes of antibodies, four of which are seen in food allergies. IgE is associated with the “true,” Type I reactions we talked about above- immediate, histamine-mediated, and sometimes leading to anaphylactic shock. But what about the other three antibodies? These type of reactions begin the inflammatory response much later, usually as a delayed response, and affect the tissues in a different fashion, manifesting in symptoms that we may not recognize. They can damage tissues on a cellular level, or deposit reactive complexes into various tissues throughout the body, affecting hormone secretion, endocrine function, and cellular signaling. These are what cause reactions that usually fly under the radar, or get diagnosed as other things.
Diagnose Your Symptoms With a Food Allergy TestMany conditions that may be caused by, linked to, or triggered by food allergies are:
- Headaches/ migraines
- Mood swings
- Joint pain
- Muscle Weakness