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Can Allergy Testing Reduce Asthma Symptoms?

If you’re not familiar with allergies, or asthma, then you might not be aware that there is a small connection between the two. Depending on your viewpoint, this may be good or bad news. Regardless, allergy testing can help asthma sufferers find relief from their chronic symptoms. 

Asthmas link with Allergies

In many cases, an allergy can actually be what causes asthma to develop. For example, if you’re allergic to dust, your body sees the dust particles entering unannounced as an enemy to destroy. This brings about rashes and other kinds of reactions, including lung issues such as coughing and wheezing. All these symptoms are your bodies way of dealing with the perceived threat. 

This formation of allergy-related asthmatic symptoms is named “allergic asthma”. This means the allergic reaction triggers the onset of asthma. From there, the allergen can trigger further asthma attacks.

How can allergy testing help my asthma?

Allergy testing can be quite helpful for those living with allergies. Your asthmatic symptoms can improve (or even dissipate) with proper identification and avoidance of the triggers. Once the body is no longer fighting off allergens as if it were a virus, the symptoms are no longer a problem.

Despite allergies and asthma being treated as separate conditions, there is evidence to suggest that treating one can help alleviate symptoms of the other. Allergic asthma occurs because the body is fighting off the allergen. The lungs and airways then suffer to the point of triggering the asthmatic symptoms. When you identify and avoid the allergen, the lungs and related symptoms are no longer triggered the same way.

Treating an allergy isn’t necessarily a cure for asthma though, as it can be triggered by issues other than an allergy (sometimes asthmatics don’t even have allergies). Still, there is research suggesting that treating allergies can help improve to alleviate asthmatic symptoms. Thus, improving the overall quality of life on both fronts.

Allergies and Asthma aren’t always found together

Some Asthmatics experience allergic asthma, but it isn’t always the case. Approximately 40% of asthmatics in the US don’t experience allergic asthma. It’s often symptoms like rashes or runny eyes when it comes to mild and moderate allergies. Anyone with a history of allergic asthma or who experienced hay fever as a child is more likely to deal with asthmatic reactions later in life.

Neither asthma nor allergies are fun to deal with. But understanding the connection between them and understanding how to deal with any symptoms and their causes can help you make the most out of this less-than-ideal situation. This is excellent news for those who regularly deal with asthma attacks. 

5 Steps to Take in the Battle Against Food Allergies

It’s a big deal in everyone’s life: Going back to school. It can feel even bigger if you do not have an allergy plan ahead of you!

However, it can sometimes feel even worse if you are suffering from food allergies. You must be super organised, but you can find out below how to best prepare your child for dealing with food allergies

1) You need to have a plan

Make your allergy plan a priority. You can consult either your doctor or health professional who will be able to sign this off for you. Make sure your staff and faculty at your school are aware of your food allergies, and that they know about your plan.

2) Make sure you discuss eating areas and accommodation

You need to be accommodated for if you have a food allergy. The chefs at the school, or if you are taking a packed lunch, people need to be aware of your allergies. Some children are not always aware of the danger of food allergies and intolerances, but teachers should be focused and observant. If you have an allergy plan, make sure they stick to it.

3) Talk to people

Food allergy specialists are an excellent resource. They can help you with advice and ideas on where to sit at lunch (like above), but also how you should approach school trips and adventures. Ensure your school’s big hitters are aware of the allergy guidelines, as well as your allergy plan.

4) Spot and prevent allergy building

We hate to talk about this, but it does happen in schools! In fact, there have been recent stories of children and teachers being attacked for their well-known allergies. There are specific guidelines, which have been developed over in America on how to spot if your child is the target of food allergy bullying. 

5) Make sure you know that your child has an allergy and an allergy plan

You may be reading this wondering what on earth we are going on about. But, living with an undiagnosed or identified food allergy can actually be catastrophic. If not treated or managed correctly, food allergies can leave you feeling unwell and alter your life, or in a worst-case scenario, be potentially life-threatening.

For more information on allergy testing and identifying exactly which items, you or your child should be avoided, check out our blog page! It’s full of hints, tips and advice, all suited to helping you and your family cope with your allergies. Think of an allergy plan after you have discovered your own allergies!

Allergy Testing and Rosacea (Client Case Study)

A guest blog from Robert Jackson on identifying and dealing with an allergy…

At the age of 35, I started to develop red blemishes on my face. Mainly around my cheeks to start with, then my forehead and the backs of my ears.

The red patches came and went, but as time went on they came for more time than they went, up to the point where it was consistently visible.

It felt itchy, tender and was a bit flakey. Kind of like sunburn, which many people thought it was.

If this sounds like something you have, and your doctor has said that it could be Rosacea, this post could help you reduce the redness and get your skin condition under control.

But before we get into the solution…

I’d like to give you a bit of background to help you identify if this could be something you are suffering from.

As a child I suffered from eczema and have had bouts of it during different periods of my life, but nothing too serious that some creams wouldn’t fix.

I also have ulcerative colitis, which affects my intestines and ability to digest food properly. Fortunately, this is not too severe either so is easily managed.

I’m not sure if these things are related, but I would suggest that there is a link somewhere. The body is so complex that we barely understand how it works fully.

I’m sure that in years to come we will be able to identify patterns and help people better through understanding how different parts of the body work together.

The journey of discovery…

It came to a point where the redness was so bad that I felt embarrassed to go outside. I would only go to work and then home.

I had tried everything the doctors prescribed, from creams to lotions. Nothing seemed to work. I was becoming more anxious that I would not be able to resolve the problem and I’d be stuck with it for life.

A diet that helped my Rosacea

I had also tried out a relaxed rice and potato diet where I basically ate only a handful of ingredients, this included:

  • White rice
  • Beetroot
  • Chickpeas
  • Ginger
  • Kale
  • Turmeric
  • Olive oil

This diet seemed to work well. I did it for 10 days and the Rosacea cleared up but it was way too hard to maintain. And not healthy either, as it lacked a good enough range of vegetables, protein and vitamins.

The triggers which set Rosacea off

If you look online, you can find an unlimited number of websites listing trigger foods. Every food is on one of the lists it seems. And trust me, I have scoured all the lists!

Then there are other factors, like stress, anxiety, heat, cold, etc. You name it, it’s on a list. Just reading them fills you with anxiety and makes you think your life is over!

Note: One thing I am 100% sure triggers my Rosacea is sweating. When I exercise and sweat a lot, it stings and makes me come out with red blotches. Fortunately, I know how to calm it back down now, more on that later.

Allergy testing

I decided to try out an allergy test. There are various opinions on how valid they are, but I was desperate and wanted to try whatever I could to help resolve my situation.

I went for the complete body test one as it seemed the most complete test out there, including both allergy testing and intolerance tests.

I got my results back and found I had two main allergies. One to pollen, which I already knew about, and one to meat. I used to eat a lot of meat, perhaps 3 times a day.

On a path to recovery

The first thing I did was to remove meat from my diet, so I became vegetarian.

Note: It’s not recommended to change your diet drastically without first seeking medical advice.

I noticed that things started to improve. I then changed up the fruits and vegetables that I ate to reduce or remove the foods which were had a positive reaction on my intolerance test.

Making both of these changes definitely helped me to feel better, less itchy and red-faced.

Taking it up a level

I then found out about a cream from The Ordinary which contains Azelaic Acid. The word acid sounds bad but it’s actually a naturally occurring substance.

I couldn’t believe that no one had recommended this to me before because it is known to help with Rosacea. You can even get it as a prescription cream.

My experience with azelaic acid

When I first put it on my skin it really stung for around 20 minutes. I was so worried it was causing a bad reaction and making things worse!

Fortunately, there was no reaction on my skin and after some time it settled down. Every time I put it on again, the same stinging would happen but for less time.

I applied it morning and night and after around 5 days I had no stinging and my redness had pretty much completely gone.

I’d highly recommend anyone with Rosacea try it out, but remember to always seek professional advice before trying it out.

Keeping it at bay

I now have two ways to control my Rosacea:

  1. Make sure to eat mainly a vegetarian diet
  2. Apply azelaic acid every morning and night

Pro tip: If you sweat, make sure to rinse your face when you can and then apply some azelaic acid cream.

To summarise…

It took me around 1 year and lots of trial and error but with help from the allergy testing and finding out about azelaic acid, I now have my Rosacea under control.

Good luck to anyone else looking to find a solution, as I know how hard it can be to deal with on both a physical and emotional level.

Author Bio

Robert Jackson is the owner of PT Pod, a personal training and massage studio and a personal trainer at Minimal FiT in Canary Wharf, London. He helps office workers with limited time to train get fitter, stronger and lose weight.

For more information on identifying an allergy, click here.

Anyone can have an allergy – make sure you take an allergy test

If you’ve not been keeping up with the news recently, then you maybe haven’t seen how many news stories there have been about allergies and intolerances. If you haven’t then you may need to, as you will realise the importance of taking an allergy test with Lifelab Testing.

Kylie Jenner has revealed that her daughter Stormi has had to be taken to hospital because they suffered from an allergic reaction. The good news is that her daughter is now back at home making a full recovery, but it does highlight the importance of taking an allergy test.

If you are not sure whether or not you have an allergy then you should immediately seek an allergy test and also a consultation with your Health Professional. Lifelab Testing are available to offer dietary advice to customers who are highlighted to have an allergy, but it is a dietary plan. We also offer an intolerance test for those who suspect that they may have an intolerance rather than an allergy.

With up to three Love Islanders also in the news recently regarding allergies and dealing with the symptoms of intolerance, the high profile nature of allergies and intolerances is so much more important. If you recognise any of the following symptoms then it is highly recommended that you take an allergy test and then seek dietary advice, which you can do with Lifelab’s nutritional therapists:

  • Itchy skin rash
  • Swollen lips
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Wheezing
  • Sneezing

These symptoms will vary depending on what you are allergic to, and this is why we believe in the importance of an allergy test, as you learn what food items and non-food items you need to remove from your diet.

Whilst we are talking about the severity of allergies, you desperately need to check out our blog on anaphylaxis and what going into anaphylactic shock means. It is very important that you know what to do!

For more information on intolerance testing or allergy testing, you can purchase your allergy test here.

Allergy People making a difference

There are so many people looking to make a difference in their lifestyle and diet, but it does not stop there. Allergy testing people are making a difference and spreading the word, so we thought it was time to celebrate their awareness and ability. Look at how we have helped some of our customers to improve their lives, and how they have spread their own awareness.

Chris Jones – Lifelab Testimonial

“My experience was great, particularly as I messed the first one up so getting a second kit was easy.  I was intrigued by the results and have found that reflecting this in my diet has helped my health and well-being. But overall the whole process was easy and I would recommend, in fact, I already have. Thanks!” – Chris wanted to make a change in his life, and he was dedicated to improving his diet. He did this withLifelab Testing and allergy testing kits, and he loved the whole process, recommending it to any others who suffer from food allergies.

Chris Jones loved his Lifelab Testing testimonial

Danielle Lloyd – Spreading the word

We’re absolutely delighted to have helped model and TV star: the AMAZING Danielle Lloyd, kickstart her year in the best way possible by helping her discover her Intolerances with an easy to use at-home Intolerance Test ? Just take a look at what she had to say about her Lifelab Testing experience below! ??

“I’m starting the new year feeling great after finding out what was causing me bloating and pain after eating food, with Lifelab Testing‘s at-home intolerance and allergy testing kit. The results were so good that my son Harry did a test, too, and since changing his diet to gluten free, he hasn’t been in any pain. My results showed I had to cut out eggs, yoghurt and white beans, which I eat regularly as part of a healthy diet, so it’s been a total change but it’s for the better and means I’m not bloating after meals anymore! The test was so easy to do and really thorough as it checks over 159 intolerances, so I knew it’d be a good way of finding out what was causing the pain.”

Danielle Lloyd is spreading the benefits of understanding your allergies and intolerances

Lauren McQueen spreading the news

We are so proud to have helped people cope with their allergies, and with people coming to us and ask how we could help them with their allergies through allergy testing, they wanted to spread the word. Lauren McQueen was another one, check out her testimonial below and also, you can hop over to Instagram to find out more:

I have been struggling with bad breakouts on my skin alongside extreme bloating of my stomach. I contacted Lifelab Testing and purchased their Complete Intolerance Test without any hesitation. I took my blood sample and returned it to Lifelab for testing. Within days, my results were ready in the ‘my account’ section. After I studied my results, I was put in contact with Lifelab Testing’s Nutritional Therapist who helped me to understand my results more and how to structure my diet around this. With this knowledge, I am now aware of what I should eat less of and what to completely avoid.

Lauren shared her experience on her Instagram page, and utilising our nutritional therapists, she was able to improve her health and lifestyle. We are very keen to see people spread the word about allergies and healthy living.

Allergy Testing with Lauren

For more information on allergy testing and finding out about the way people share their experiences with allergy testing, check out www.lifelabtesting.com.

How Do I Know if I Have a Food Allergy?

When you’re suffering from a food allergy, your body’s immune system reacts negatively causing unpleasant symptoms of varying degrees of severity. Even a small amount of the offending food type can cause a range of unpleasant reactions with your system seemingly unable to cope with what it sees as a foreign body. The more severe the reaction, the greater need to test for allergies as in the worst-case scenario, food allergies can be life-threatening. So, if you’re asking yourself “How do I know if I have a food allergy?” the very fact that you’re unsure about it, means there’s cause for concern.

The Symptoms

According to Allergy UK, the percentage of people suffering from an allergy in the UK is around 44%. This is one of the growing number of reasons why companies like ours that test for allergies are so busy.

The types of symptoms encountered when a food allergy is present tend to be quick to manifest and are severe in nature. A food allergy reaction can typically involve:

Itching or tingling in or around the mouth.

Eczema, itching or hives.

● Swelling of various parts of the body, including the lips, tongue and throat.

● Being light-headed, dizzy or passing out.

● Difficulty in breathing, wheezing or a blocked nose.

Diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea or abdominal pain.

Anaphylactic shock.

As you can see, most of the symptoms listed are on the severe side and will often require the administering of an EpiPen to alleviate the symptoms. If these adverse effects are part of your daily life, a test for allergies can be a route to a better, less stressful and healthier life.

Common Triggers

There are many foods that can be associated with food allergies and whilst there is no definitive list, there is a group that make up most cases.

They are:

● Cow’s Milk. (particularly prevalent in very young children, when they’re exposed to it)

● Eggs.

● Peanuts.

● Wheat.

● Shellfish.

● Tree Nuts.

● Fish.

● Soy.

A test for allergies from the Lifelab Testing team checks for all of these and up to 17 other key food allergy triggers. Without wanting to fearmonger in any way, a severe food allergy can develop at any time of your life and left undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to unconsciousness, coma or even death.

If you feel any of the symptoms listed above, even mildly, then you need to get yourself diagnosed so that you can take steps to minimise the risk it poses to your health. And with a test for allergies costing from as little as £74.99, we think it’s a bit of a no-brainer. Of course, it’s your prerogative to deal with your health in your own way, but if your life is in any way in danger, being safe is much better than being sorry, as they say.

If you would like to know more about the quick, affordable blood screening services we offer at Lifelab Testing, take a look through our website. There you’ll find everything you need to know, as well as our easy to use LiveChat facility through which you can chat with one of our friendly experts about any questions you might have.

Thanks for reading our blog. Stay safe, stay healthy and we’ll see you again next time.

MumtoMum’s Lifelab Testing Experience

Lifelab Testing got in touch with Samantha Poole of ‘MumtoMum UK’ as we understood that Samantha wanted to understand if herself, and her family, were struggling from any food allergies or intolerances. After being diagnosed at the age of 16 with IBS and losing her appendix at 21, Samantha wanted to understand more about her body and what better way is there to do it than taking an allergy test with your family and friends.

Samantha went through the entire allergy test customer journey from start to finish and documented her experience with us right here in this blog. She reveals tips and tricks to taking the allergy test and explains more about the results they received from taking an allergy test with us. Samantha said “5/5 for ease of the test to do at home and send off to the experts @ Lifelab Testing…I really hope this review helps lots of other mums and children too.”Click here to read about Samantha Poole’s experience with us.