While it can be a scary experience, it can be treated and managed as long as you are in the care of skilled and experienced doctors such as Dr. Kia, one of the top doctors specializing in food sensitivity testing Los Angeles has to offer.

With over ten years of experience in the medical industry, Dr. Kia is an expert in his field. With an aim to provide high-quality care to each and every patient, his skills and experience surpass many of LA’s best doctors.

FOOD SENSITIVITY VERSUS FOOD ALLERGY

A food sensitivity can occur when an individual’s body cannot properly process a particular food. Symptoms such as abdominal pain, intestinal gas or diarrhea can result. A food sensitivity differs from a food allergy. A food allergy affects the immune system, whereas a food sensitivity can mainly affect the digestive system. Food allergies have the potential of leading to serious or life-threatening reactions, such as anaphylaxis. Symptoms of a food sensitivity and food allergy can appear to be similar, but the differences between the two are important to understand. A true food allergy can be life-threatening, while a food sensitivity can leave you feeling off physically and even miserable.

Food sensitivity testing is designed to locate both immediate reactions and delayed ones, against 96 of the most commonly consumed foods. Blood is drawn and sent to a lab for analysis. A food sensitivity may be treated with various nutritional supplements, herbal formulations, dietary counseling, or homeopathic treatments. At Allergy and Skin Spa your test and treatment is based on your individual needs and the symptoms they manifest.

WHAT IS A FOOD ALLERGY AND WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Food allergy is caused when your immune system overreacts or reacts abnormally when your body is exposed to certain substances. In other words, food allergies occur when your body considers a particular food you eat as an invader and sends out certain chemicals to protect itself from the “invader.”

Although food allergy is common among babies and children, people can develop them at any age. It is even possible to suddenly have an allergic reaction to foods you have been eating all your life without any reasons.

Even if you eat a small amount of a particular food, it can still cause allergies and lead to mild or life-threatening symptoms. Children usually outgrow their allergy as they age, and while there is no cure for food allergies, it can be managed effectively by consulting qualified doctors such as Dr. Kia.

To understand more of food allergies, here are the common symptoms which both adults and children may show. These symptoms usually show within a few minutes from consumption of the food, or they may take up to two hours to show. The team at Allergy and Skin Spa utilizes the most state-of-the-art food allergy testing Los Angeles has at its disposal to identify and aid you in relieving these symptoms.

• An itching or tingling sensation in the mouth.
• Itching on various parts of your body.
• Hives and/or eczema.
• Feeling of tightness in the throat/chest.
• Wheezing, shortness of breath.
• Swollen tongue, lips, throat or face.
• Stomach pain, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
• Skin becoming pale or blue, weakening pulse.
• Feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
• Passing out/fainting.
• Anaphylaxis – an extreme reaction which impairs breathing and sends your body into shock mode, affecting various part of your body all at once such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. You should seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible if this happens.

It is important to understand that food allergic reactions will not all be the same. Symptoms may differ each time, and food that causes a mild reaction one time may cause serious, life-threatening reactions at another time. Allergies tend to run in families. There is even a test which can determine if an unborn baby will inherit food allergies the parents have.

• An itching or tingling sensation in the mouth.
• Itching on various parts of your body.
• Hives and/or eczema.
• Feeling of tightness in the throat/chest.
• Wheezing, shortness of breath.
• Swollen tongue, lips, throat or face.
• Stomach pain, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
• Skin becoming pale or blue, weakening pulse.
• Feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
• Passing out/fainting.
• Anaphylaxis – an extreme reaction which impairs breathing and sends your body into shock mode, affecting various part of your body all at once such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. You must seek out Dr. Kia as soon as possible if this happens.

It is important to understand that food allergic reactions will not all be the same. Symptoms may differ each time, and food that causes a mild reaction may cause serious, life-threatening reactions other times. Allergies tend to run in families. There is even a test which can determine if an unborn baby will inherit food allergies the parents have.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF FOOD ALLERGIES?

Once you are diagnosed with any type of food allergy, it is of utmost importance that you avoid that food, which is known as the trigger food. In children, most food allergy cases are because of three common foods, which are milk, eggs, and peanuts. However, allergy to milk and eggs usually go away on their own as children become older, but the allergic reaction to peanuts is likely to persist throughout their life.

In the case of adults, most allergic reactions are due to foods such as fish and other seafood, fruit and vegetable pollen, as well as peanuts and tree nuts. While any food you consume can cause an allergic reaction, there are eight types of food which cause as much as 90 percent of all allergic reactions. These foods are eggs, milk, soy, wheat, shellfish, fish, tree nuts, and peanuts.

It is also possible that if you are allergic to certain foods, you may also be allergic to related foods. For example, if you are allergic to lobster, there is a chance that you may also be allergic to shrimp.

If you find that you have an allergic reaction to any of these foods or any other food which may not be included in this list, it is recommended that you immediately contact Dr. Kia to make sure you do not experience any life-threatening reactions in the future.

HOW CAN FOOD ALLERGIES BE DIAGNOSED?

If you believe you have an allergic reaction to a certain food, make an appointment with Dr. Kia as soon as possible. During your consultation, he will ask you important questions such as which food you ate and how much, after how many minutes or hours did the symptoms show, which symptoms you experienced and how long they lasted for. So, make sure you are ready to answer these questions accurately.

Dr. Kia will also be looking at your history to determine any pattern, after which he may require you to take tests. These tests will determine if your body carries any food-specific immunoglobulin E antibodies. You may have to take either a skin-prick test or a blood test or both for this purpose. Depending on the results of the food allergy testing, Los Angeles specialist Dr. Kia will determine if you have a food allergy or not.

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HOW ARE FOOD ALLERGIES TREATED OR MANAGED?

As mentioned before, food allergies cannot be cured, unless you outgrow the allergies you used to have as a kid. Otherwise, food allergies can only be treated and managed. It is of utmost importance that you choose a doctor like Dr. Kia who is highly skilled, experienced and pays attention to each and every one of his patients because food allergies can be life-threatening as well.

Apart from medication which may be provided to you by your doctor to help with your allergies, there are certain measures you can take yourself to manage your food allergies. The first is obviously to avoid eating the food you are allergic to. Always remember to check the ingredients of every food product before you buy them or consume them. In addition, do your own research and find out if the food you are allergic to is known by any other name(s).