Food Intolerance Test can be confused with Food Allergy Test.
Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance – Is there a difference?
Some of the symptoms of food intolerance and food allergy tend to overlap, but knowing the differences between the two is very important and could be life saving.
Eating a food you are intolerant to can leave you feeling ill or miserable. However, if you have a true food allergy, your body’s reaction to this food could be serious and life-threatening.
A food intolerance (Type III Delayed food allergy) response involves the digestive system. There are several causes for food intolerance. It can be due to:
- the absence of enzyme needed to digest certain food
- sensitivity to food additives
- reactions to naturally occurring chemicals in food
Common food intolerance includes lactose and gluten intolerance and certain foods that typically cause gas buildup such as beans and cabbage.
Typically people can tolerate small amount of the food without causing problems.
However, as the symptoms of food intolerance often take longer to emerge, often several hours or days, it can be difficult to identify the actual trigger food.
Some people eliminate certain food from their diet permanently without a proper test. This will result in unnecessary nutrient deficiency.
Many of us suffer from delayed food intolerance without knowing it. We do not realize that chronic discomfort such as persistent gastric and bowel problems (such as flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel), chronic headaches and migraines, inflammatory skin problems (such as acne, eczema flare ups, psoriasis), chronic tiredness, and weight problems can be triggered by delayed food allergy or food sensitivity. These symptoms are due to inflammatory reactions triggered by certain food.
Through a simple food intolerance blood test, we can help you identify these antibodies, allowing you to have a clear picture of what food you may want to avoid and what food you can safely rotate in your diet.
An IgE food allergy is known as Type I Allergy that involves the body’s immune system. Your immune system controls how your body defends itself. If you have a particular food allergy, your body recognises the food as a threat and it overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies cause the release of chemicals, known as histamine, which then causes an allergic reaction. Symptoms of Type I Allergy is usually immediate, within seconds or minutes.
A food allergy can cause a serious or even life-threatening reaction. Eating a microscopic amount, touching or inhaling the food is sufficient to cause a severe reaction.
There are simple tests we can do to pinpoint the exact content of the food that our immune system dislikes. As mentioned earlier, our immune system produces antibody called IgE against certain food we consume. A simple blood test can effectively detect these specific IgE antibodies in our body.
This is simply known as Food Allergy Test. Only a blood sample is required to carry out this test. The results are extremely useful for you and the doctors to manage the allergies appropriately.
*Food Intolerance Test is only available at Dr Tan & Partners @ Scotts.
*Food Intolerance Test can be performed for children of 2 years old and above.
We have 5 different Food Intolerance Test packages available:
1.) 22 food
2.) 44 food
3.) 90 food (90 vegetarian food is also available)
4.) 180 food
5.) Comprehensive 270 food.
For appointments for Food Intolerance Test or Food Allergy Test, please call 66942348 or Click here to contact us
Monday – Friday : 9am – 5pm
Saturday 8am – 1pm
9, Scotts Road,
#06-06, Pacific Plaza,