Food Sensitivity Testing Clinic in Webster TX
If you are experiencing stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, skin rashes, or itching, then these are the symptoms of food sensitivity. Food sensitivity testing is available at Primary Care Center of Clear Lake. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite A Webster, TX 77598. For more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment online.
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Food sensitivity, while not a disease itself, can contribute to the development of certain diseases or worsen certain symptoms. It is common for food sensitivities to develop slowly over time and to cause inflammation. Taking food sensitivity tests can help you identify potential foods to avoid and help simplify your diet.
It is more difficult to pinpoint what specific food is causing a clinical complaint since food sensitivity reactions are delayed. The symptoms of food sensitivities can range from mild bloating to severe behavioral disturbances.
Primary Care Center of Clear Lake offers a range of food sensitivity tests, broken down into specific panels for different food groups, which one you will undergo depending on the specific nature of your food sensitivity. Depending on if you are having an IgG reaction or an IgA reaction, different tests will be ordered.
As a result of an IgG reaction, IgG antibodies bind to food antigens to form antibody-antigen complexes. Normally, macrophages remove these complexes from the body. The macrophages cannot remove complexes quickly enough if there are large numbers of complexes present and the reactive food is still being consumed. It is possible for the food antigen-antibody complexes to accumulate in the tissues of the body. Upon entering tissues, these complexes trigger inflammation, which may cause a range of symptoms.
We fight bacteria and viruses with IgA immunoglobulins present in our mucus membranes. When we eat foods that cause inflammation, or when we are stressed, sick, or drink alcohol, IgA levels increase.
Food sensitivity occurs when your digestive system has trouble digesting (breaking down) food. The term food sensitivity refers to the fact that your gut is sensitive to certain foods and cannot tolerate them. Symptoms such as gas, diarrhea, or abdominal pain may occur when you consume these foods. There is a difference between food intolerances and food allergies.
Food intolerances differ from food allergies and affect your digestive symptoms and cause symptoms such as an upset stomach. Food intolerances are not life-threatening and bring on symptoms several hours after consuming the food as it progresses through the digestive tract. Patients may not notice any symptoms of food sensitivity if they eat only a small amount of food.
Food intolerances are often accompanied by discomfort after eating certain foods. It usually affects the digestive system and has a variety of symptoms. 3 signs of food sensitivity include gas or bloating, stomach pain, and diarrhea. Symptom severity depends on how much food a person consumes when they have a food intolerance. Since food intolerances and allergies share many symptoms, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two.
As a result of immunoglobulins (IgE, IgG, IgA) released by the immune system, food allergies and food sensitivities are abnormal reactions to food components.
The specific IgE food panels are divided into an adult, basic, and comprehensive panels based on the major food allergens responsible for immediate reactions. It is possible to order specific IgE foods from the lab’s inventory of over 100 different foods as needed.
The specific IgG and/or IgA ELISA food panels are arranged in comprehensive panels of 96 to 184 foods commonly consumed in western diets or in rotation/elimination diets as substitute foods.
It is common for food intolerances to last a lifetime. Foods that cause digestive problems can be reduced or eliminated by most people in order to manage symptoms. As an inconvenience (and as unpleasant as its symptoms may be), food intolerance is not a life-threatening condition.
Food sensitivity testing is available at Primary Care Center of Clear Lake, to help patients identify and avoid problem foods and eliminate uncomfortable symptoms. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite A Webster, TX 77598. For more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Webster TX, Seabrook TX, Friendswood TX, League City TX, and Nassau Bay TX.
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