Anaphylaxis: symptoms, causes & therapy

Allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe. While some milder symptoms such as sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and a stuffy or blocked nose can be treated quickly with the right medication, severe allergic reactions require immediate medical attention, otherwise they can end fatally.  Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can lead to a potentially fatal … Continued

What your allergy test results mean

Allergy test results: What do they mean? Blood allergy tests such as the 7DROPS ALL Allergy Test screen samples for elevated IgE antibody levels in a patient’s body. In this article, we explain the meaning behind your results.  The immune system produces IgE antibodies to protect the body from parasitic infections.   In the case of an allergic reaction to … Continued

What is molecular allergy diagnostics?

Before we explain the process behind molecular allergy diagnostics, we have to clarify some basic terms regarding allergology. What exactly is an allergen, and what does the abbreviation IgE stand for?    Allergens & IgE antibodies explained   Simply put, an allergen is any molecule that binds IgE antibodies (a type of protein in the body). IgE antibodies are part of our immune … Continued

How to spot an allergy

In the US, about 40% of all children and 30% of all adults suffer from some form of allergy. But how to spot an allergy? Allergic reactions can be caused by many substances – the most common allergen sources include pollen (from grasses, trees, and weeds), pet and animal dander (from cats, dogs, etc.), dust … Continued

Facts & figures: allergies in the US

More than 50 million Americans experience symptoms of allergies each year. Most common examples include coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose, as well as skin rashes. In more severe cases, patients may also experience asthma attacks or anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction rapid in onset. It causes itchy rash, throat or tongue … Continued

The difference between food allergy, intolerance & sensitivity

Food allergy, food intolerance, or food sensitivity? When it comes to certain foods and the response they incite in the body after consumption, we use different terms to describe different symptoms. However, these terms are not mutually interchangeable, as they denote different health conditions. Knowing the difference is important, as the symptoms stemming from those … Continued

Pet allergy in the US

Pets are dependable companions – over 62% of households in the US keep pets. At 161 million, cats and dogs are the most popular furry friends to keep by one’s side. At the same time, millions of pet keepers experience allergic reactions due to their pet’s presence in their home.   What is a pet … Continued

Fruit allergy or pollen-associated cross-reactivity?

When it comes to diagnosing true fruit allergies, the most important clinical task is identifying the allergenic molecules causing allergy reactions in patients. Molecular allergy testing is an important tool for risk assessment, accurate diagnostics as well as dietary recommendations for patients.   Fruit allergies are a great example for a food allergy that can be pollen … Continued

The allergic march – explanation and prevention

Allergic diseases often begin in early life and progress over time. It starts with an infant suffering from atopic dermatitis (eczema), then developing food allergies as a toddler. As a young adolescent, they experience symptoms of hay fever, and end up dealing with asthma as an adult. This natural progression of allergic diseases is called … Continued

Methods of allergy and food intolerance testing

Allergies and food intolerances are more and more common in today’s society. There are several different methods for allergy and food intolerance testing, including blood and skin tests.  There is no fix-all cure for allergies and food intolerances. Therefore, it is important for allergy sufferers to take an allergy test to determine the allergens that … Continued

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