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allergy testing Edmonton

Allergy Testing in Edmonton

Sandhar Homoeopathic Clinic will provide you with effective allergy relief through our advanced blood testing and treatment methods. We will find the source of your problem.

Our clinic is pleased to provide you with the following information about allergies. If you have any questions about the information on this page, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. If you suspect that you or your child has a food allergy, consult with our allergy specialist Dr. Sandhar about allergy testing in Edmonton.

Allergy Overview
Allergies are common, exaggerated immune responses or reactions to substances that are generally not harmful to you. They can be caused by both genetic and environmental factors. If you have an allergy, your immune system is oversensitive to certain substances (allergens) and releases chemicals such as histamines. These chemicals can cause itching, swelling, mucus production, muscle spasms, hives, rashes and other symptoms that vary depending on the person.

The part of your body that contacts the allergen will play a role in the symptoms you develop. Allergens that are breathed in may cause sinus congestion, itchy nose and throat, mucus, coughing or wheezing. If you are afflicted with a food allergen, you may experience nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea or cramping. In severe cases, you have a life-threatening reaction. Skin rashes and reactions are common with plant allergies. Drug allergies can lead to a variety of symptoms and may impact your whole body. Medical conditions like eczema and asthma can be connected to allergies.

Common Allergens                                                        Allergic reactions can also be caused by:
  • Mould
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Various foods and drugs
  • Insect bites
  • Jewellery
  • Cosmetics
  • Hot or cold temperatures
  • Sunlight
  • Friction (rubbing the skin)
Food Allergies
Sandhar Homoeopathic Clinic in Edmonton has years of experience successfully treating people with food allergies. Your allergy is an exaggerated immune system response that is typically triggered by the ingestion of eggs, peanuts, milk or many other specific food items.

Allergic Reactions
Your immune system is a vital part of your body as it defends against potentially harmful substances like bacteria, viruses and toxins. However, in some people, the immune system is triggered by substances that generally considered harmless, such as specific food items.

It is true that some people have food intolerances with milk (lactose) being one of the more common ones. Food allergies are also common. Your body will produce antibodies and histamines in response to the specific food.

Common Food Allergies in Children
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Soy
  • Shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster, etc.)
  • Wheat

Many food allergies start at a very young age but they can begin at any time. In many cases, children will overcome their allergies to milk, eggs, wheat and soy around the age of 5 if they avoid the specific foods until that time. Some allergies tend to stay with you for life, including peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish.

Common Food Allergies in Older Children & Adults
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Corn products
  • Cow’s milk and dairy products (lactose)
  • Wheat and gluten-containing grains (celiac disease)

Food Allergy Symptoms
Your symptoms typically appear immediately but may occur up to 72 hours later and linger for up to 2 weeks. This is generally referred to as delayed food reaction. Common symptoms that usually occur immediately are hives, wheezing and hoarse voice. In severe cases you might experience blocked airways and low blood pressure.

Other common symptoms to food allergies include:
  • Stomach pain / cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or eyelids (angioedema)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Diarrhea
  • Itching anywhere on your body, commonly in the mouth, throat, eyes or skin
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Lightheaded / fainting
  • Shortness of breath

Oral Allergy Syndrome Symptoms
  • Itchiness of lips, tongue and throat
  • Swollen lips (not in all cases)
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Allergy Symptoms
There are a wide range of symptoms and your individual response will vary. The common symptoms include:
  • Respiratory problems
  • Wheezing
  • Itching, burning or watery eyes
  • Conjunctivitis (swelling or infection of membrane lining the eyelids)
  • Hives
  • Rashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Cramps
  • Itching of skin, nose, mouth or throat
  • Vomiting

Testing and Diagnosis
Sandhar Homoeopathic Clinic is your experienced Edmonton homoeopathy centre that can effective diagnose allergies. We can perform blood testing to identify elevated antibody levels (most notable IgE and IgG) to confirm that you have an allergy.

Treatment
Elimination diets are typically recommended where you avoid the suspected food until the symptoms disappear and then reintroduce the food to see if a reaction develops. Avoiding the food is the best way to eliminate the allergy. If you believe that you or your child has a food allergy, consult with Dr. Sandhar, your trusted Edmonton allergy specialist.