Food allergy is a reaction to certain foods. The reaction usually occurs within two hours after ingestion.
The symptoms can be many, but skin rash, itching, asthma and cough are the most typical. Another reaction to food allergy is anaphylactic shock, in which the histamine release is so violent that the condition can be life-threatening.
Treatment in the public health system
The diagnosis is made using a spot test or a blood test to find out whether there is a reaction to the typically problematic foods such as milk, nuts, eggs, seafood. There are no medications that can remove a food allergy, but there are medications to alleviate the symptoms with.
The reason for the rapid reaction is that the body’s immune system recognizes the food and has already formed antibodies (IgE) in the past. Subsequently, a reaction starts with histamine release and inflammation in the body, which will cause symptoms. The cause of the development of food allergy is unknown, but heredity seems to matter. Other factors such as indigestion, a stressed immune system as well as the amount and frequency of ingestion of stressful foods may also play a role.
NORDIC CLINICS TREATMENT
The number of people with allergies has risen sharply in recent decades. This may be due to the diet, which has become poorer in nutrients. In addition, the intake of processed and refined foods has increased. For example, white bread, soda and sweets can be mentioned. These foods have a major impact on the body’s deteriorating nutritional status, as they contribute fewer nutrients than the organism consumes for metabolism. It creates a deficit of i.a. vitamins and minerals in the body, which cause a deficiency, so the immune system can not provide optimal protection.
Treatment at Nordic Clinic will uncover the causes as well as provide advice and dietary guidance that not only focuses on the current problem but which will also provide the patient with tools to strengthen their health in the future.
Healthy digestion is one of the most important aspects of strengthening the immune system. It is important that the intestinal mucosa is not “leaky”, which is seen by the massive load of foods that are not tolerated. Thereby it can not keep unwanted components out of the bloodstream and symptoms can occur. A stool analysis can be used to identify imbalances in the intestinal flora. The imbalances can be, for example, a lack of lactic acid bacteria, specific vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and stomach acid. Likewise, can the test show if there is an overgrowth of bacteria, fungi or parasites that interfere with digestion?