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With or without insurance, you can get a quick, personalized allergy test when it’s convenient for you.Read more >
This 4-year-old recently ate some ice cream without having a reaction—did she outgrow her milk allergy?Read more >
Everyone has their own unique combination of allergic triggers and not all of them are obvious.Read more >
Anaphylaxis, also called anaphylactic shock, is an acute, life-threatening allergic reaction.Read more >
Digestive and gastrointestinal issues are closely tied to what you eat.Read more >
Does this 8-year-old run the risk of having a severe reaction to peanuts?Read more >
Food allergies are the body’s immune system reacting to something that is normally harmless to most people–like milk or eggs.Read more >
If you suspect allergies are the cause of your symptoms, it is important to consult with your healthcare professional to get properly diagnosed.Read more >
There are options when it comes to testing to identify allergic triggers.Read more >
After eating a bowl of fruit and nut cereal, this 8-year-old was covered in large hives—what caused her reaction?Read more >
Get answers to some of the most common questions about allergy.Read more >
You probably have questions about allergies and that’s why we’ve answered some of the most common questions below.
An allergy is when your immune system reacts to something that is harmless to most people. Generally, your immune system protects you from substances that can make you sick. But if you come into contact with something that your immune system views as a threat, it releases a chemical called histamine. This release of histamine and other substances is what causes allergy symptoms.
Many people confuse food allergies with a food intolerance. They have many similar symptoms, but they’re not the same thing, and the differences between the two are important. Food intolerances usually involve the digestive tract, with uncomfortable symptoms like bloating and cramping, but with no risk of anaphylaxis. However, food allergic reaction could be life-threatening, which makes avoiding the offending food extremely important.
Unlike a skin-prick test, a blood test can be performed on anyone no matter the condition of their skin—even during an eczema flare-up. A blood test can also be performed on someone while currently on medication, including antihistamines. It is also safe to perform on someone who is pregnant.
If you are atopic, or have a predisposition toward developing allergic reactions,
your body may produce an antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) that is specific to what causes your allergic reactions. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is a protective mechanism that is produced when you exposed to a substance that your body views as a threat. These tests measure the amount of IgE to that specific substance in your blood. Your specific IgE test results are as personal and unique as your fingerprint and your healthcare professional can use your results to identify any underlying allergic triggers that may be contributing to your symptoms. It is a simple blood test that is easier and less risky to perform than a Skin-Prick Test (SPT) or Oral Food Challenge (OFC).
Asthma and allergies often go hand-in-hand. The majority of people who have asthma suffer from allergies, too.1-3 Plus, allergies can trigger your asthma or make it worse. In fact, up to 90% of children and 60% of adults have allergies that may make their asthma worse.4,5 When allergies either trigger or worsen asthma, it’s known as allergic asthma or allergy-induced asthma.
There is no cure for asthma, so your best defense is to learn if you have underlying triggers and then limit your exposure to them. And while there’s a strong connection between allergies and asthma, there are many other triggers to be aware of, too. Some of the most common non-allergenic triggers are cold or dry air, exercise, exposure to cigarette smoke or strong scents, the flu and other respiratory infections.