To test for allergies, your doctor may conduct blood tests or refer you to a specialist for a skin prick test. You may also be referred to a dietician to guide you through an elimination diet and food challenge test.
To test for food intolerances, you can speak with a dietician or nutritionist about keeping a food diary and how to complete anelimination diet. Specific testing for food intolerances can also be conducted. Examples of this include breath testing for FODMAP sugar intolerance and our lab’s food intolerance test. We offer a fast and straightforward test that looks at over 350 foods that you could be reacting to. The test can be ordered online HERE and will give you results within 3 days of our lab receiving your sample.
When testing for reactions to bread or other grains, it’s important to exclude coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune reaction to gluten. It shares some similar symptoms to bread allergy and intolerance, including digestive symptoms, skin issues (like hives and blistering skin), and fatigue. Coeliac disease can also cause mood changes (like anxiety and depression), unexplained weight loss, joint and muscle aches, tingling/numb arms and legs, and nutrient deficiencies (like low iron and vitamin B12). To test for coeliac disease, your doctor will arrange for you to have some blood tests (like coeliac antibodies) and a small bowel biopsy.