Allergy and Food Intolerance Test
GetTested’s Allergy & Food Intolerance Test is an all comprehensive test, which you can use to test yourself for possible allergies and food intolerance. The test includes two different tests, that test for a total of 78 different substances. It analyses different foods and additionally looks for possible allergies to pollen, mould, pets, mites and more, so you can get a full picture of your own allergy and tolerance levels.
The Allergy and Food Intolerance Test
Below we will go deeper into the following sections:
- Items measured in the Allergy Test (IgE)
- Items measured in the Allergy Test (IgG4)
- IgE vs IgG; allergy vs food intolerance
- The ELISA-method
- Before taking the Allergy & Food Intolerance Test
- FAQ – Candida Test
- Not Sure This Test is for You?
1. Items measured in the Allergy Test (IgE)
The allergy test (IgE) measures a wide variety of allergies including pollen allergies, pet allergies, and food allergies. Below are listed all the different types:
|Animals (and nature):
||Animal products (meat, fish):
Items measured in the Food Intolerance Test (IgG4):
The allergy test (IgG4) measures a wide variety of allergies including grains, animal products, food allergies, egg, and milk. Below are listed all the different types:
2. IgE vs IgG; allergy vs food intolerance
This test measures IgE antibodies for allergy and IgG4 antibodies for food intolerance. Allergy is an immune system reaction, and food intolerance is a gastrointestinal reaction. This means that you can be allergic to a food item, without having a food intolerance reaction or vice versa.
Allergic reactions often occur immediately and can manifest as milder symptoms such as runny nose, but can also become severe and life-threatening reactions. Food intolerances, on the other hand, can take hours to days before they show any symptoms and the symptoms can be very diffuse, such as fatigue, mood swings, brain fog, headaches, gastrointestinal problems and more.
3. The ELISA-method
The food intolerance test is performed via a method called ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), which is an analytical technique designed to detect and quantify soluble substances such as peptides, proteins, antibodies and hormones. In this method, the antigen itself (the target macromolecule) is immobilised on a solid surface (microplate) and then complexed with an antibody that is linked to a reporter enzyme. Detection is accomplished by measuring the activity of the reporter enzyme via incubation with a suitable substrate to produce a measurable product. The most crucial element of an ELISA is a very specific antibody-antigen interaction.
4. Before taking the Allergy & Food Intolerance Test
If you take our Allergy & Food Intolerance Test, it is important that you have been exposed to the tested items that are included within the last three months. If a longer time has elapsed, there is a risk that it will not have a possible effect on your test result.
How is the Allergy & Food Intolerance test carried out?
Our Allergy & Food intolerance test is a home test kit. After ordering, we will send you a kit with everything you need to collect a small blood sample. Then, simply return your sample to us in the pre-paid envelope.
Who should get an Allergy & Food Intolerance test?
The test is suitable for anyone suffering from allergy symptoms, or those who worry about possible allergies or intolerances and want to get a full picture.
How quickly will I receive my results?
Once we receive your sample, you can expect to get your results within a few business days.
When should I take the test?
It is recommended to take the test on an empty stomach in the morning. At this time, the body is relatively stable and the blood is relatively purest.
What is the difference between food allergy and food intolerance?
A food allergy triggers an allergic reaction and can cause a range of symptoms, whereas a food intolerance causes milder symptoms and generally only affects the digestive system.
6. Not Sure This Test is for You?
If you’re still uncertain whether this test is right for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable customer support team. We’re here to guide you towards the tests that best match your health concerns and objectives. You can contact us through our contact page or use our live chat for immediate assistance.