rachel potter has been previously trained by allergy uk to give allergy advice.
make an appointment for a free allergy consultation, you will be asked questions about your home, work, hobbies, diet, and lifestyle, to try to determine the substance you are allergic or intolerant to.
if necessary you may be offered an allergy or a food intolerance test.
the testing system that is used is fastchek. this tests for circulating ige in the blood. this is the immunoglobulin which is stimulated by the body in response to a specific allergen. the body may produce ige, but this may not necessarily mean that the body will produce an allergic response. therefore this test is just a guide and should only be done after consultation. it is however much more effective at detecting specific allergens than conventional allergy tests, i.e. can pinpoint an allergy to a specific type of nut.
the fastcheck poc20 tests for the top 20 food and inhaled allergens – cod, wheat, peanut, soy bean, celery, almond, walnut, hazelnut.
the test requires just 2 to 3 drops of capillary blood taken from fingertip.
the test will be undertaken that day and rachel will call you to discuss the results of your test and give advice as to what to do next.
food intolerance’ or non-allergic hypersensitivity is a body’s response after consuming certain foods. symptoms can appear within a few hours or even days after the consumption of the food.
this makes it difficult for, the healthcare professional and the patient to identify the food or foods responsible for the symptoms. symptoms can include but are not limited to bloating, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, headache, rashes etc.
there is no conclusive test for food intolerance and diagnosis is still a challenge. however, correlations between food intolerance and increased concentrations of food specific igg4 have been reported.
the nutrismart® test measures the food-specific igg4 in blood, for 57 of the most common foods in just 30 minutes.
coeliac tests are also available – as good as a hospital test, with almost immediate results.