Allergies start with the immune system mistaking harmless, everyday, common substances for something dangerous. The immune system will create antibodies to try to protect the body and keep those antibodies on alert in case they come in contact with the allergen again.
What are some common allergy symptoms?
Allergic Rhinitis: sneezing, itchy nose or eyes, headaches, running nose, watery or swollen eyes.
Food Allergy: tingling in the mouth, hives, nausea, anaphylaxis, or swelling lips, tongue, and throat.
Insect Bite/Sting: swelling around the site, itching or hives, cough, wheezing, shortness of breath.
Drug Allergy: hives, itchy skin, rash, facial swelling, wheezing, or anaphylaxis.
What Kind of Testing Can I Do?
At VSC we offer three different types of allergy testing. Our environmental scratch test is made up of 7 grass, 15 weeds, 22 trees, 8 molds, and various animals and pests for a total of 60 allergens. Our food scratch test has 40 different allergens of various fruits, vegetables, beans, or animal products. We also offer a blood test that can be done after the previous two allergy tests have been performed. This tests for 96 different foods that you may be allergic to, and give you a degree to which you are allergic.
Why Would I Get Tested At My Chiropractic Office?
Sometimes non-severe allergies can cause pesky, constant, and dull headaches. After a few chiropractic adjustments and working the muscles in the area, if those headaches have not gone away, we will recommend allergy testing. VSC is not only a chiropractic office, we are a wellness clinic trying our best to make you better anyway we can!