Allergy and intolerance are often confused, or thought of as similar conditions, when in reality they are very different. Allergy is an immediate, sometimes dangerous or life-threatening reaction to a food or drink. This is often present from a young age and always involves the antibody type IgE. Intolerance can be developed later in life and takes longer for symptoms to present themselves, making it more difficult to pinpoint the culprit food(s). Testing can be beneficial to discover the trigger foods and drinks quicker. With suspected food allergy, always seek profesional medical help.
Some Health Insurance Providers will cover the costs. Contact your provider for more info.
We test for over 350 types of food, including wheat, eggs, nuts, etc. We also test for over 350 non-food items, like pet hair pollen and detergents. If you need a full list, get in touch and we can get you one.
We dont test anybody under the age of six.
Optimum nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding is vital for mother and child. To reduce any possible risk to the mother or baby, it’s Intolerance Lab’s protocol not to offer tests, advice or lifestyle changes during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
The tests are as painful as plucking a hair from your body..
Your hair does not have to come from your head. It can come from your leg, arm, or even chest.
This will not have any effect on the results.
No. Our tests examine your hair at the cellular level, so there’s no need for you to have been eating your trigger foods recently. They will still be found by our testing equipment.
These two tests are very different in what is tested, the process and the results. A blood test checks for IgE-mediated allergies and will only produce results listing reactions in the immunoglobulin system (these are estimated at only 2% of all allergies). Our hair sample test examines changes at the cellular level because the latest science shows that up to 43% of allergies are in fact a reaction in T cells. The two tests measure totally different reactions and will produce totally different results.
We only offer hair sampling here at Intolerance Lab. Currently, the main way to identify the two types of allergies (IgE and Non-IgE) is on the reaction time from consuming or being in contact with the item. If you notice a reaction that is almost instant or within two hours (max), you would normally consult with your GP and he or she might consider a blood test. These are normally essential for more serious allergies—which, fortunately, only account for 2% of all allergies. If your reaction time is slower or you are unable to identify the link between your symptoms then it is more than likely you have a non IgE mediated allergy. In this instance, we would recommend our hair based non IgE mediated allergy test.
Yes absolutely! In fact, this is the method we use here at the intolerance lab. There are several great reasons why we choose to use a hair sample to perform your food intolerance test.
Yes, the test that we perform here at the intolerance lab is for food intolerances. This is different to a food allergy response, which would require a blood test and possibly other types of testing from your GP. Food intolerances generally occur in your digestive tract and produce uncomfortable symptoms. Food allergies are an immune response, and they are life threatening. We do not test for these.
If you’ve tried everything, and still don’t have any relief from your symptoms, then food intolerance testing is absolutely worth it! Bloating, IBS, headaches, skin rashes, constipation, diarrhea, migraines and more can all be caused by undetected food intolerances. So, if you can’t get to the bottom of your health issues, food intolerance testing could give you the answers!
Doctors don’t generally test for food intolerances. Doctors can order food allergy testing, but this is very different to food intolerances. Some integrative doctors may order an IgG blood test, which can check for a small selection of food intolerances. This is however usually done by Naturopaths and holistic health care providers.
We believe ours is for several reasons:
By ordering yourself one of our food intolerance testing kits. Once you’ve received the kit, you follow the directions and take a small sample of hair. Once you’ve secured it in the envelope, simply send the hair sample back to our labs. Once received, we will perform the testing process, and you will receive your results within 3 days.
The most common food intolerances include:
Food allergies are life threatening, and if you suspect that you may have one, you need to see your doctor ASAP. Allergies are immune reactions, and doctors will usually use a blood or pin prick test to diagnose them. We DO NOT test for allergies here at the intolerance lab. Our test is for food intolerances only.
No, you can’t. As mentioned above, food allergies are life threatening. You need to see your doctor ASAP if you suspect you may have one. Here at the intolerance lab, we deal with food intolerances only, NOT food allergies.
Examples of food intolerances include lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, egg intolerance and yeast intolerance. People can be intolerant to any foods; it depends on the individual.
It can be tricky to pinpoint a food intolerance because everyone reacts differently. However, there are some symptoms that are very common among sufferers. These are the most common symptoms you might have if you suffer from food intolerances:
This question does not have a simple answer. Food intolerances can be caused by a variety of reasons, here are some of them:
No, food intolerance and food allergy are two very different things. A food intolerance is a digestive system reaction and can take 24 to 48 hours to produce a reaction. It is not life threatening, but it can lessen quality of life. A food allergy is an immediate immune system reaction to consuming a food the person is allergic too. Food allergies are life threatening and can result in anaphylaxis and death if not treated immediately.
Food allergies are very different to food intolerances. If food allergies are suspected, you need to discuss the best testing options for your situation with your doctor. We do not deal with food allergies here at the Intolerance Lab.
This also depends on what your individual presentation is. Your doctor will decide with you what foods need to be tested. We do not deal with food allergies here at the intolerance lab.
No. Food allergies are life threatening and need to be tested with a doctor. You can however test yourself for food INTOLERANCES by purchasing one of our hair intolerance tests.
Hah, we love this question. Here at Intolerance Lab we pride ourselves on the world class testing we use, and the wonderful results our clients achieve. You can check out our reviews and decide for yourself!
Absolutely. We have helped thousands of people either reduce or eliminate their food intolerance symptoms through the results from our world standard testing.