What Can Food Sensitivity Testing Tell You?

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Millions of Americans suffer from food allergies and sensitivities. While allergies are far more aggressive on our bodies and immune systems, food sensitivities affect your digestive system and cause other problems that impact your quality of life. Dr. Jeff Semel and the professionals at Atlanta Medical Institute offer convenient food sensitivity testing in Atlanta, GA. Learn how the process works by reading below or scheduling a private assessment.

How food sensitivity works

Food allergies play a major role in your health and the health of your family. A severe allergic reaction can be painful or even life-threatening. This is why many individuals keep epinephrine close by in case of accidental ingestion. Food sensitivities are not quite the same as allergies, however. Some people may not even realize they have sensitivities or food intolerances. You may have these issues if you experience:

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Stomach discomfort

  • Bloating and gastrointestinal distress

  • Heartburn

  • Headaches

  • Lethargy or fatigue

These are just a few of the known symptoms you may experience with food insensitivities. To pinpoint the root cause of your problem, Atlanta Medical Institute offers options for testing. By understanding which foods lead to the above signs, you can take steps to restore your health and feel better.

How food sensitivity testing works

Atlanta Medical Institute can perform tests on your skin or blood to understand your food intolerances. During a skin test, we create small pricks in the skin to see how your body reacts. These will be conducted on either your forearm or back. If your skin shows any signs of irritation, it is likely you have some sensitivity to the food. However, a positive outcome does not always confirm this diagnosis.

A blood test for food sensitivity is designed to determine how your immune system responds when coming into contact with specific foods. Atlanta Medical Institute accomplishes this by measuring the presence of an antibody called immunoglobulin E. A member of our staff will perform this examination by taking a small blood sample in one of our comfortable treatment rooms. It is then sent to a specialized lab where the testing can take place.

What happens after I learn my results?

Our bodies rely on vitamins and nutrients that can be taken from a wide range of foods. However, even healthy foods, like milk and eggs, can trigger negative reactions. Once you receive the results of food sensitivity testing in Atlanta, you can begin to eliminate them from your diet. In case of accidental exposure, we can prescribe antihistamines to alleviate minor symptoms. For more severe allergies, our clinic can make custom recommendations, such as an epinephrine injection.

Feel relief from food insensitivity

Have you been suffering from symptoms like bloating, indigestion, and fatigue but are unsure why? Food sensitivity testing in Atlanta, GA, can reveal the source of your health problems and provide the path to a healthier future. Learn how food intolerance works by scheduling an examination at Atlanta Medical Institute. Dr. Jeff Semel and his trusted team can conduct a convenient skin test or blood test today.

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