A Quick Guide to Allergies

Allergies encompass so much more than just sneezing and itchy eyes. You might have food allergies, pet allergies, or seasonal allergies that cause uncomfortable symptoms or even put you in danger of severe reactions. Fortunately, lab tests can determine which specific allergies are causing your issues so you can seek the best treatment and finally feel comfortable again.

Food Allergies

A true food allergy can develop at any age when the body’s immune system overreacts and identifies an otherwise safe food as a danger, stimulating a response to fight the “dangerous” food away. About five percent of the population suffers from this type of allergy and must eliminate the foods that cause the allergic reactions.

It is most common for eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy to cause food allergies. When people with food allergies eat a food that their body cannot tolerate, the results can range from minor hives to very serious wheezing, swelling of the tongue, dizziness, and even impaired breathing.

Pet Allergies

Pets may be cute, but their allergens cause nasal congestion, chest tightness, watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, and even hives. Pets produce many different allergens that people respond to negatively, and these allergens can be present anywhere from a pet’s urine, fur, dander, and saliva. Some people only need high-efficiency air filters to make being around pets bearable, while others can’t even come near a cat or dog.

Typical “Allergies”

The term “allergies” is most commonly used when referring to hay fever, the seasonal or perennial reaction to airborne pollens, mold spores, dust mites, and other allergens floating around. These allergies can occur indoors or outdoors, may be triggered by high pollen periods, and usually result in the typical itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and congestion.

Allergy Testing to Support Your Health

It’s impossible to resolve your allergy symptoms if you can’t identify their triggers. This is why 24-7 Labs offers a variety of allergy tests without requiring insurance or scripts. You can order a basic food panel, expanded food panel, or pediatric panel to test your allergies in the convenience of your home.

Call (631) 357-3332 now to place your order and improve your health.     

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