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How Could Living With Allergies Affect My Relationship?

Moving in together can be such a magical experience for couples, especially around this time of year. February means it’s time to light the candles, to sit down for a romantic meal at home with the one you love most; until disaster strikes! Suddenly, you discover your partner is living with allergies to some of your favourite foods, and you’re left reeling as you adjust to life without these dishes. For people living with allergies, this is a daily issue. Sadly, this is the reality for many couples who fail to adjust to life after discovering an allergy (1), and if you fear that this all too familiar story could become you and your partner, then it’s time to do something about it!

Understanding the basics.

Something that many couples may not consider when making the decision to live together is how each other’s allergies and intolerances may impact the types of food that both are consuming together on a daily basis. For some of the lucky ones, this may never be an issue. However, for others, it may be difficult to adjust to a new way of living without a certain type of food in the house. Especially where the most severe reactions for sufferers living with allergies could experience an anaphylactic reaction just from breathing in a particular substance, such as nuts or sesame seeds. (2) This Valentine’s Day, Lifelab Testing is committed to ensuring that you and your loved ones have the most comprehensive look at your allergies and intolerances possible, so that you can make smart and informed decisions about the food you choose to stock your shelves with to make your home an allergy-safe environment for everyone!

Living with Allergies in the 21st Century.

For some couples, adapting to a new situation such as the discovery of an allergy is a breeze, as you may not have enjoyed the foods causing reactions, or have no trouble compromising on food items for your partner’s sake. For others, though, discovering your partner has an allergy to common foods can be a difficult thing to accept. Especially if it is an item that has been incorporated into your diet for a long time, which makes early discovery absolutely essential. Adjusting to a new way of eating can take time, patience, and communication, but is vitally important for the sustainability of your relationship with your partner, especially if the allergy is potentially life-threatening.

What happens next?

Rarely, both people in the relationship will have the same trigger foods (3), which makes the elimination process far simpler and less stressful for the parties involved. In most situations, however, measures will have to be taken from a non-sufferer to protect the allergy sufferer in the relationship, but all hope is not lost! If the allergy is non-life threatening, there are a number of measures you can take in the home to keep the trigger foods away from the sufferer without losing the joy of enjoying that food yourself, such as:

  • Store trigger foods separately from all other foods.
  • Never cross-contaminate utensils preparing trigger foods when also preparing other foods.
  • Refrain from physical contact (kissing, touching etc.) with the allergy sufferer after the trigger food is consumed by a non-sufferer.

Get tested and live happier

It is always important to consider the needs of the sufferer when making a decision on whether to continue purchasing the trigger food, as well as how possible it is to avoid cross-contamination in order to protect your loved one from the allergen. Getting a Lifelab Test kit is the quickest way to learn what your body can and can’t tolerate. Living with allergies doesn’t need to put the end to your Valentine’s Day plans, so get tested and enjoy your day.

References

  1. https://www.ecarf.org/en/relationships-and-food-allergies/
  2. https://www.gq.com/story/food-allergies-dating
  3. https://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/allergies-romance

Where To Get An Intolerance Testing Kit

Bloating, nausea, fatigue – there are all kinds of symptoms you might experience if you’re living with an intolerance. Not only can these sensations be incredibly uncomfortable, but they can also be dangerous if your intolerance is severe.

Unidentified intolerances can lead to conditions such as nutrient deficiencies and even an irritated gut. That means it’s crucial to get an intolerance testing kit as soon as you can, if you’re experiencing symptoms. But where can you find one that’s quick, easy and reliable?

At Lifelab Testing, we offer intolerance testing kits that contain everything you need to take a small blood sample in the comfort of your home. Learn more about our simple test kits below.

Basic intolerance testing kit

Do you suspect you know what’s to blame for your symptoms? If you’ve noticed that you consistently feel discomfort a couple of hours after eating a potential allergen (for example, gluten, dairy or milk), our basic intolerance testing kit is for you.

The basic kit can test for 40 common food and drink intolerances, is easy-to-use and delivered direct to your door. All you need to do is follow the instructions to take a quick skin-prick blood test at home, before sending it back to our scientists using the prepaid packaging provided.

Our team will analyse your sample, searching for an antibody known as IgG4. This is produced by your immune system every time you eat something that sparks your intolerance. A high presence of IgG4 will help us identify the substance that’s causing your problems.

Complete intolerance testing kit

Alternatively, you may have no idea what’s causing your symptoms. Almost anything can spark a food intolerance, so don’t give up if you’ve ruled out the common antigens such as gluten and lactose.

Our complete intolerance testing kit can identify 160 key food and drink intolerances in just one sample. This makes it a lot quicker and easier than other methods of diagnosis, such as the elimination method. Imagine trying to cut out 160 different foods in turn!

Once you’ve taken your test and received your results, our complete test also gives you access to a free 30-minute consultation with a qualified nutritionist. They will be able to guide you through the results of your test and advise you on any dietary steps to take in the future.

Order your intolerance testing kit

If you suspect you have a food intolerance, it’s important to find out for sure to prevent the problem from getting worse. Our certified team promise 100% accurate results or your money back. So what are you waiting for? Order your intolerance test from Lifelab Testing today.

The Difference Between Hay Fever and Covid

A few years ago, a sore throat, sudden loss of smell or wheezy cough might not have worried you. But as scientists continue to discover potential symptoms of coronavirus, the smallest sensation can now cause serious anxiety – and this could get even worse with hay fever season fast approaching.

From headaches to fatigue, there is a considerable overlap between the symptoms of hay fever and COVID-19. If you’ve noticed unusual symptoms but have received a negative covid test, hay fever testing could be the best way forward.  

In this blog post, we’ll share some key hay fever symptoms and explain how our complete body test could help you tell the difference between hay fever and COVID-19, and take control of your health.

What are the symptoms of hay fever?

We’re probably all familiar with the typical hay fever symptoms: a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. But did you know there are a number of other hay fever symptoms that you may have overlooked? According to the NHS, these include:

  • Loss of smell
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Blocked nose
  • Itchy throat, mouth, nose or ears

Several of these have also been identified as potential covid symptoms, so it’s important to get a reliable covid test first. But once that’s been ruled out, you may be wondering whether pollen is to blame for your discomfort.

How does hay fever testing work?

At Lifelab, our complete body allergy test will test for 40 different allergies. And it’s not just food and drink allergies we can identify. By testing a small sample of your blood, we can test for pollen-related antibodies that could indicate you have hay fever – i.e. an allergy to pollen.

If your symptoms are noticeably worse around certain plants, such as cut grass or crops in a field, you may already suspect that you have hay fever

Hay fever season is typically between late March and September as this is when the pollen count is highest. However, some people experience symptoms all year-round, so don’t wait until September for the sneezing to go away!

With a reliable hay fever test, you can get to the bottom of the problem and start managing your symptoms as soon as possible.

Order your complete body test today

With Lifelab Testing, you can find out whether you’re suffering from hay fever once and for all. Order your complete body test online to get fast and reliable answers from the comfort of your own home.

How Easy Is Testing For Food Allergies?

If you think you may have a food allergy, you’re not alone. According to research from NARF (the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation), the number of Brits with allergies is increasing by 5% every year. It’s important to find out whether you’re one of them – but how easy is testing for food allergies?

You may have heard about expensive clinics or complex hair tissue mineral analysis (hTMA). However, the good news is that testing for food allergies can be quick, easy and cost-effective. That means when you buy a food allergy test from Lifelab, there’s no need to tear your hair out – quite literally.

Read on to find out how easy it is to use our home allergy test kits.

What allergy tests do we offer?

At Lifelab Testing, we offer two allergy kits that make testing for food allergies easy. Both of these will test a small sample of your blood, checking for antibodies that could indicate you’ve had an allergic reaction.

If you have a strong suspicion about which allergen is causing your symptoms, opt for the basic allergy test. This kits tests for 35 known food and drink allergens. If you’re not sure what’s causing your symptoms or suspect it could be something more obscure, our complete body test will give you the answers you need.

How to use our food allergy tests

Once you’ve received your chosen test in the post, you can start using your kit. Each kit contains everything you need to safely take a small blood sample at home:

In response, your system releases a different type of immunoglobin known as IgG4. This can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, usually gastric issues such as bloating, nausea or diarrhoea.

  • 1 alcohol wipe
  • 1 plaster
  • 1 gauze pad
  • 1 transport tube
  • 1 blood sampling tube
  • 1 prepaid return envelope
  • 1 activation card
  • 2 lancets

Following the instructions in the test box, all you need to do is take a small blood sample and package it safely using the freepost packaging provided. Once we’ve received your sample, our certified technicians will turn your blood into plasma, making it easy to test for any antibodies.

What happens next?

The results of your blood test will be uploaded to your online customer account where you can download them securely. If you ordered a complete body test, you’ll also receive a free 30-minute consultation with a qualified nutritionist. They will be able to answer any of your questions and help you make informed, healthy decisions about your diet.

Order your food allergy test today!

Whether you suspect you’re suffering from an allergy or an intolerance, it’s important to get to the bottom of your problem. Order your simple home test kit from Lifelab Testing today and enjoy 100% accurate answers or your money back.

Allergy vs Intolerance

In the UK, allergies and intolerances are both a common problem – and the number of cases is increasing year on year. But if you’ve noticed uncomfortable symptoms after eating particular foods, it can be difficult to work out which condition you’re experiencing.  

So, allergy vs intolerance – what’s the difference? And how can you discover what’s causing your symptoms? In this blog post, we’ll explain the difference between an allergy and intolerance and how our tests can help you take control of your diet.

What is an allergy?

If you’re suffering from an allergy, it means your body experiences an allergic reaction in response to certain substances (known as allergens). Your immune system perceives the substance as a hazard and responds by releasing proteins called IgE immunoglobins.

These proteins increase your body’s secretion of histamines – a chemical that triggers an allergic reaction. This can result in symptoms such as vomiting, hives, swelling or itching.

An allergic response often starts a few minutes after you’ve eaten an allergen. However, in rare cases, it can take a couple of hours for your symptoms to appear.

What is an intolerance?

The main difference between an allergy vs an intolerance is the fact that an intolerance isn’t an immune response. If you’re intolerant to certain foods, it means that your body finds it difficult to break them down and digest them.

In response, your system releases a different type of immunoglobin known as IgG4. This can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, usually gastric issues such as bloating, nausea or diarrhoea.

There’s also evidence that certain intolerances can induce a range of other symptoms, including headaches and fatigue. Although research is ongoing, there also seems to be the link between gluten intolerance and inflammation.

Unlike allergies, intolerances are almost never life-threatening.

How do I find out which I have?

At Lifelab Testing, we offer a range of home allergy and intolerance tests. Our range of allergy tests will look for raised levels of IgE in your blood, while our intolerance tests will identify IgG4.

If you’re not sure whether you have an allergy or an intolerance, our complete body test can diagnose 40 different allergies and 80 intolerances. This test will search for both IgE and IgG4, arming you with the information you need to make confident decisions about your diet.  

Order your home test kit today!

Whether you suspect you’re suffering from an allergy or an intolerance, it’s important to get to the bottom of your problem. Order your simple home test kit from Lifelab Testing today and enjoy 100% accurate answers or your money back.

Symptoms Of Gluten Intolerance Allergy

A sensitivity to gluten is one of the most common food intolerances in the UK, affecting an estimated 13% of people. For some, this sensitivity is so severe that they suffer from a gluten allergy, otherwise known as coeliac disease. For others, their symptoms might be caused by a wheat allergy or milder gluten intolerance.

If you feel uncomfortable a couple of hours after eating gluten products, it’s important to find out which of these conditions you could have – a gluten intolerance, wheat allergy, or coeliac disease.

In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of the most common symptoms for each condition. Telling the difference between these conditions can be difficult without a complete body test, but knowing the key symptoms is the best place to start.

Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance, or non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), occurs when somebody is unable to digest gluten properly but isn’t allergic. Scientists aren’t sure what causes this condition yet, but some of the most common symptoms are as follows:

  • Brain fog
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and abdominal pain
  • Fatigue

Symptoms of Wheat Allergy

People suffering from a wheat allergy have an abnormal immune response to the proteins that are present in wheat (including gluten). Some sufferers are able to eat other grains such as barley, while others choose to avoid all grains. Common symptoms of a wheat allergy include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea
  • Hives and an itchy rash
  • Congestion of the nose and difficulty breathing
  • Irritation of the mouth, eyes, and throat

Symptoms of Coeliac Disease

Like a wheat allergy, coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body starts to attack itself when it detects gluten. According to Coeliac UK, around 1% of the British population has the disease but only 30% are ever diagnosed – meaning that thousands of people are battling symptoms without knowing the cause.

If you’re one of them, these are the symptoms to watch out for:

  • Digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea and constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Anaemia (iron deficiency)
  • Irregular menstruation

Order Your Test From Lifelab Today

Sensitivity to wheat and gluten can cause serious problems, whether you’re suffering from an intolerance or an allergy. If you’re battling any of the symptoms we’ve mentioned above, find out the root cause by ordering a conclusive test from Lifelab today.

You’d Better Watch Out: Christmas Allergies

Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year, but if you suffer from food allergies, the festive season can be hard to navigate. Whether you’re attending parties, planning your Christmas dinner, or receiving edible presents, there are lots of opportunities to come into contact with potential allergens.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through some of the most common Christmas allergies. Whatever your plans this year, it’s important to watch out for foods which could trigger an allergic reaction and ruin your festive fun.

Nuts

Around 1 in 200 adults in the UK are allergic to nuts – and this number is growing. If you’re among them, it can be much harder to avoid nuts during the Christmas period. It’s not just chestnuts roasting on an open fire that you’ll have to watch out for; everything from Christmas puddings to chocolate selection boxes could contain this common allergen.

Gluten

A gluten allergy, or coeliac disease, is more dangerous than an intolerance and can affect your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. At Christmas, it can be harder than ever to avoid gluten. This is because it’s commonly used to bind meat products, such as stuffing and chipolatas, as well as appearing in more obvious culprits like cake, biscuits, and puddings.

Dairy

Brandy butter, cream liqueurs, chocolate – many of the foods we associate with Christmas are a minefield for those with a dairy allergy. The good news is there are lots of dairy-free alternatives of your favourite foods, enabling you to enjoy classic Christmas fare without the worry.

Eggs

It can sometimes be difficult to detect egg in certain food products, as it’s commonly used ‘behind the scenes’ as a binder or pastry wash. Always check whether stuffing, mince pies, and other pastry items contain egg before you take a bite. Be careful with marzipan, too, as it’s often made with egg whites.

Love marzipan but allergic to eggs? It’s possible to make the traditional treat egg-free by combining powdered sugar with ground almonds and water!

Order Your Allergy Test Today

It might not be the most exciting gift under your tree, but it’s vital to get a reliable allergy test if you suspect you’re suffering from a food allergy. At Lifelab Testing, we offer a variety of allergy and intolerance tests, ranging from our basic tests to our complete body test. Why not let us help you ease your worry? Order a home test kit today and prevent any nasty symptoms ruining your Christmas.

Private Allergy Testing Near Me

Did you know the number of people with food allergies in the UK is increasing? If you think you could be among them, getting an allergy test is the best way to find the allergen responsible.

Although the NHS does offer allergy tests, it can be difficult to get one unless your symptoms are severe. Faced with endless referrals and long waitlists, many people resort to private allergy testing. But the good news is there is another alternative – home allergy testing kits.

In this blog post, we’ll explain the top reasons why a home allergy kit may be a better option for you than private allergy testing.

They’re Non-Location Based

Unlike in-person procedures such as skin prick testing, home allergy kits enable you to take a test without having to travel to a doctor’s surgery or clinic. This makes it much easier to fit around your daily life. Simply take your blood sample, package it securely, and send it back through the post.   

At Lifelab Testing, we accept samples from all over the world. You’re able to take your sample when it suits you, without having to stick to a fixed appointment time. We  also offer priority tracking for both our basic allergy test and complete body test, making it easy to check that your sample has arrived safely at our laboratory.

Receive A Free Consultation

As part of our home allergy testing service, we offer a free 30-minute consultation with a professional nutritional therapist. Your therapist will help you to understand the implications of your results, including any dietary changes you should be making.

This appointment means you’re guaranteed one-to-one support after receiving the outcome of your allergy test.

They Can Be Cheaper

It’s no secret that private healthcare can be incredibly expensive. If you’re struggling to get an allergy test on the NHS but don’t want to pay for one privately, a home allergy kit can be a cost-effective solution.

At Lifelab Testing, we offer free delivery, pre-paid postage, and a free consultation. That means all you’re paying for is the cost of the test itself.  

Order Your Allergy Test Today

Home allergy kits can be a great alternative to private testing – as long as you choose the right one. At Lifelab Testing, we use only scientifically-proven methods of testing. Unlike hair testing, our in-vitro testing system known as ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) provides fast, accurate, and comprehensive results every time. Ready to get some answers? Visit our online shop to order your home test kit today.

How Do I Get A Home Allergy Test Kit?

If you think you may be suffering from an allergy, the only way to know for sure is by taking an allergy test. Although some forms of allergy test are available on the NHS, many people prefer to order a home kit.

Easier and faster than waiting for a referral, a reliable home allergy test kit will give you the answers you need. But how exactly do they work?

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of taking a home allergy test – from ordering your kit to receiving your results. At Lifelab Testing, we offer a range of home test kits, so read on to discover everything you need to know.

How Can I Order A Home Allergy Test Kit?

You can order a home allergy test kit from our website. If you suspect you know what’s causing your allergies, our basic allergy test (which tests for 35 known allergens) is a good choice for you. If you don’t know what’s causing your allergies, you might prefer our complete body test. This tests for 40 allergens and 80 intolerances.

Whichever kit you choose, you’ll receive everything you need to take a blood sample safely at home. Your kit will arrive within 1-3 business days, with free UK delivery available on all orders.

How Do I Take A Home Allergy Test?

Basic Allergy test kit

Once your sample collection kit arrives, it’s time to take your blood sample. The kit includes all the information and equipment you’ll need, including:

  • 1x alcohol wipe, plaster, and gauze
  • 1x transport tube
  • 1x sampling tube
  • 2x lancets
  • 1x activation card and label
  • 1x prepaid envelope

Package your sample using the prepaid envelope and return it to our scientists. For complete peace of mind, we offer fully tracked postage so you can see that your sample has arrived at our lab.

How Do I Get My Results?

Our certified team will analyse your sample and get in touch with you within 7 days. Want answers sooner? With our priority testing service, you’ll receive your results within 48 hours of your sample arriving at the lab.

We also offer a free 30-minute consultation with a professional nutritional therapist. This will help you to understand your results and any dietary changes you may need to make.

Order Your Allergy Test Today

You don’t need to live with uncertainty – we promise comprehensive results or your money back. Order a home allergy test kit from Lifelab Testing today for fast, reliable answers that will help you take control of your health.

Allergy Tests On The NHS

According to the NHS, around 1 in 4 of us suffer from allergies in the UK. From eggs and nuts to gluten and dairy, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of different allergens – so if you think you have a sensitivity, it’s important to find out what’s causing it as soon as possible.

A reliable allergy test is the best way to get to the bottom of your symptoms. If they are quite severe and have no clear cause, you may be able to get an allergy test on the NHS.

In this post, we’ll explain the different allergy tests that are available on the NHS and how our tests at Lifelab Testing compare.  

Skin Prick Testing

One of the most common NHS allergy tests, skin prick testing, involves putting a drop of liquid that contains traces of an allergen onto your skin. Your skin is then pricked to allow your body to absorb the liquid. If a red bump appears, it means you’re allergic to the allergen.

Challenge Testing

This is a riskier form of allergy test, where you’ll be given increasingly large amounts of a potential allergen. You’ll be closely monitored by a healthcare professional throughout the test in case your reaction is severe.

Blood Testing

Blood tests are a convenient alternative to skin prick testing, as you don’t actually have to be present for the test. A sample of your blood is analysed for antibodies that are produced as part of an allergic reaction. If these antibodies are present, it means you’re suffering from an allergy.

Why Choose Lifelab Testing?

At Lifelab Testing, we only use blood tests. We use an in-vitro testing system known as ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) to detect Immunoglobin E antibodies in your blood. These antibodies produce chemicals known as histamines, which in turn cause your allergic reaction.

Unlike NHS testing centres, we carry out all our tests remotely. Simply order your test kit, collect your sample, and send it back to us using our tracked postal option. Our certified scientists will analyse your sample and confirm your results within 7 days. No waiting times or referrals – just answers or your money back.

Order Your Allergy Test Today

If you want fast and reliable answers, order your allergy test from Lifelab Testing today. Our team will test your blood for up to 40 allergens, giving you comprehensive results that will free you from uncertainty.