Food allergies can be dangerous without the right care. At Nutritional Wellness in Clearwater, Florida, Kevin Granger, DC, and his team use evidence-based diagnostic tests and treatments to manage food allergies. By focusing treatment on the link between your body’s immune system and nervous system, the team can help improve your response to food allergies. Call Nutritional Wellness to learn more.
An allergy is an overreaction from your immune system to a normally harmless substance. If you have a food allergy, that substance is a certain food, like nuts, milk, or soy. A food allergy can cause a severe reaction without immediate treatment. Many people with food allergies experience reactions such as nausea and vomiting, hives, or swelling of the tongue and throat. An allergy is different from sensitivity to a certain food, though they often have similar symptoms.
A food sensitivity means your body struggles to properly digest certain foods. Much like with a food allergy, your body is overreacting and using your immune system to protect you if you have a food sensitivity. Most people with food sensitivities experience nausea and vomiting, heartburn, and even flushing of the skin when they come in contact with foods their bodies can’t digest well.
Doctors use both skin tests and blood tests to diagnose food allergies. The most common type of skin test is a scratch test. During this test, the team scratches your skin and applies liquid extract of the suspected allergen to the area. If your skin looks red, bumpy, or irritated after about 15 minutes, you may have an allergy.
To confirm a food allergy, the team may also recommend a blood test that checks for IgE (Immunoglobulin E) antibodies in your blood when exposed to a certain food.
The best way to prevent an allergic reaction to a certain food is to avoid it altogether. You may also need an epinephrine injector to immediately open up your airways in case of an emergency allergic reaction.
If you have food sensitivity, Dr. Granger and the Nutritional Wellness team may recommend Nutrition Response Testing®, a two-step process that analyzes nutritional imbalances in your body to find the right supplements for you.
Trained in Nutrition Response Testing, Dr. Granger analyzes your reflexes for specific organs that aren’t functioning properly before designing a tailored supplement plan that targets your unique nutritional imbalances. This not only helps relieve your food sensitivity symptoms, it also uncovers the deficiencies that may be leading to your immune system’s overreaction to certain foods.
For personalized food allergy and sensitivity care, call Nutritional Wellness to schedule an appointment today.