It may come as no surprise that the incidence of food sensitivities has increased dramatically over the years. According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. There is also an increase in gastrointestinal problems associated with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and acetaminophen. These digestive problems can become chronic conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which can significantly impact the quality of one’s life.
There are also other allergies besides food. People are allergic to mold, pollen, spices, and gluten. Despite this overabundance of allergens, simply uncovering the root cause of symptoms does wonders for the sufferer. Allergy diagnostic testing provides that microscope to determine what is causing the problem so steps can be taken to correct it.
Dealing with allergens can be tricky business. Many times we cannot even see the culprit. We feel it’s effects, but can’t say for certain what caused it. Was it something we ate? Something we touched? Breathed in? Trying to discern for ourselves the hows the whats and the wheres can be exhausting and confusing. A simple diagnostic test can pinpoint the allergy, allow for course correction in one’s life, and immediately begin to reap the benefits of implementing the change.
But what are some of the symptoms you might have to alert you to the need for allergy diagnostic testing?
- ear infections
- hyperactivity (as it relates to children)
- abdominal cramps, gas, bloating
- gastric ulcers
Obviously the list is quite extensive. How the body reacts to an allergen can be different for each person. However, knowing the signs helps prevent needless suffering.
While we aren’t sure why allergies are on a significant rise, we do know what we can do to stop them from affecting our lives. Knowledge truly is a powerful thing, especially when it comes to dealing with an allergy.