30 Jun Seasonal Allergies or a Food Intolerance?
Spring and summer months are prime time for allergies to affect more than 30 million Americans. However, if you experience allergy symptoms or problems such as nausea, fatigue, heartburn and more on a daily basis (or year-round), it could be something more. Food allergies and food intolerances can affect you any time of the year, especially if you are exposed to something at home, in your food or at work. Find out what common allergens and intolerances there are, how you detect them, and what to do about them!
How Do Allergies Affect Your Body
Sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, congestion, swollen lymph nodes, itchy or watery eyes, fatigue, digestive or bowel issues coughing, aching….Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? If so, we have one word for you. Allergies. When allergies impact your immune system it reacts throwing your system into haywire.
Spring and summer months can be especially challenging for allergy sufferers as flowers, trees, weeds and more start to grow. Tree pollination starts in February, followed by grass pollination later on in spring. Spring showers feed molds and similar allergens so they are more abundant. Spring is allergy season for all these reasons reports the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Your immune system reacts to seasonal allergies in a similar way it responds to food sensitivities. Knowing which is the culprit to your mystery can be hard to puzzle out on your own–which is where we come in!
How Your Body Reacts to Food Allergies
Over 50 million Americans have some sort of food allergy or sensitivity. Common food allergies include milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish/shellfish, wheat and soy. These can cause symptoms such as vomiting, stomach cramps, hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, trouble swallowing, a weak pulse, dizziness, fainting and more.
Some allergic reactions can actually be life-threatening if they cause enough inflammation that the tongue swells and block’s airways. With certain intense food allergies, the immune response can send a person into anaphylactic shock, which can be deadly.
How Your Body Reacts to Food Intolerances
There are food allergies and then there are food intolerances or sensitivities. While food allergies are more dangerous, food intolerances can make you just as miserable. Food intolerances can manifest as skin problems, headaches, digestive or bowel issues, stomach pain, and insomnia.
So where do you start if you have a food intolerance? First, you get tested, then you make dietary modifications to avoid the potential culprits. Common symptoms of a food intolerance include:
- Difficulty maintaining or losing weight
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome and it’s accompanying symptoms
- Arthritis and other forms of joint pain or swelling
- General fatigue, mental fog, and daily confusion
- Headaches or debilitating migraines that return regularly
- Skin disorders
Food Intolerance Testing and Treatment
In order to determine what allergens or foods your body reacts to, a technician at our office will draw your blood for testing. A sample is analyzed with various allergens using state-of-the-art equipment. Running panels on more than 200 different types of seasonal, environmental, food and other allergens, we can produce a report of how your body reacts to different allergens.
In many cases, we also use skin tests to determine seasonal allergies that hit you the worst. Skin tests involve barely-perceivable pokes on your skin, where we measure inflammation size. Allergens we test for either through skin tests or blood panels include:
- Common foods like mushrooms, shellfish, peanuts, strawberries and wheat
- Herbs and other supplements commonly used to treat illnesses
- Pesticides and other environmental hazards
- Nearly two dozen molds and mildews that develop in and around homes
- Antibiotics and other medications that can trigger serious reactions
As you test positive for different allergens, we create a customized treatment plan for you to receive immunotherapy. Some patients can do this therapy for a short while, while others may need a few years to become fully immune to allergens.
Call for a Food Intolerance / Allergy Testing Consultation
If you think you have a food sensitivity or intolerance, let us help you–through testing–to know for sure. When you know your body can’t tolerate something, you can make adjustments to stay feeling your best. Some allergies can also be treated with immunotherapy. To make an appointment, or to learn more about our state of the art facility and team, contact us at (720) 507-0080 today to schedule your free consultation at our Broomfield chiropractic office!