Updated: Aug 7, 2020
What is a Food Allergy? A food allergy is one type of Adverse Food Reaction that is mediated by the immune system. An adverse food reaction may comprise of any symptom following the intake of a food, anywhere from minutes to days. Symptoms may be any perceptible change in how we feel and/or function. A Non-toxic food reactions can be immune- (i.e.: allergy) or non-immune-mediated. Immune-mediated reactions, or food allergies, are divided into IgE- and non-IgE reactions. At Moonrise Health and Birth, I use a lab that tests for non-IgE immune-mediated reactions.
What is an allergen? A food that causes an allergic reaction is known as a food allergen. An inhalant such as ragweed that causes allergic rhinitis is known as an inhalant allergen, or aeroallergen. Inhalent allergens are best tested for through skin testing. Individuals have different sensitivities to allergens; allergens do not affect all individuals the same. Are there any food restrictions prior to testing? No. It is advised to maintain usual dietary habits, consuming a variet