What’s the difference between allergy and intolerance?

Allergy and intolerance are often confused, or thought of as similar conditions, when in reality they are very different. Allergy is an immediate, sometimes dangerous or life-threatening reaction to a food or drink. This is often present from a young age and always involves the antibody type IgE. Intolerance can be developed later in life and takes longer for symptoms to present themselves, making it more difficult to pinpoint the culprit food(s). Testing can be beneficial to discover the trigger foods and drinks quicker. With suspected food allergy, always seek profesional medical help.

Are the tests available at the NHS?

Some Health Insurance Providers will cover the costs. Contact your provider for more info.

What do you test for?

We test for over 350 types of food, including wheat, eggs, nuts, etc. We also test for over 350 non-food items, like pet hair pollen and detergents. If you need a full list, get in touch and we can get you one.

What age is the youngest you would consider testing?

We dont test anybody under the age of six.

Can I take the test if I’m pregnant?

Optimum nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding is vital for mother and child. To reduce any possible risk to the mother or baby, it’s Intolerance Lab’s protocol not to offer tests, advice or lifestyle changes during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.

Are the Tests painful?

The tests are as painful as plucking a hair from your body..

My hair is very short can you still complete the tests?

Your hair does not have to come from your head. It can come from your leg, arm, or even chest.

My hair is dyed, will this affect the results?

This will not have any effect on the results.

I’ve been cutting out foods already. Should I reintroduce them?

No. Our tests examine your hair at the cellular level, so there’s no need for you to have been eating your trigger foods recently. They will still be found by our testing equipment.

How does your test compare to the blood test?

These two tests are very different in what is tested, the process and the results. A blood test checks for IgE-mediated allergies and will only produce results listing reactions in the immunoglobulin system (these are estimated at only 2% of all allergies). Our hair sample test examines changes at the cellular level because the latest science shows that up to 43% of allergies are in fact a reaction in T cells. The two tests measure totally different reactions and will produce totally different results.

Should I get a blood test or a hair sample test?

We only offer hair sampling here at Intolerance Lab. Currently, the main way to identify the two types of allergies (IgE and Non-IgE) is on the reaction time from consuming or being in contact with the item. If you notice a reaction that is almost instant or within two hours (max), you would normally consult with your GP and he or she might consider a blood test. These are normally essential for more serious allergies—which, fortunately, only account for 2% of all allergies. If your reaction time is slower or you are unable to identify the link between your symptoms then it is more than likely you have a non IgE mediated allergy. In this instance, we would recommend our hair based non IgE mediated allergy test.

Can you test for food intolerance from hair?

Yes absolutely! In fact, this is the method we use here at the intolerance lab. There are several great reasons why we choose to use a hair sample to perform your food intolerance test.

  1. it is non-invasive. There is no blood sample, and you can cut a small piece of hair in your own home and send it directly to us. This also makes it perfect for children and adults who are sensitive to touch or anxious about medical procedures.
  2. The turnaround time for testing your hair sample is quick. This means you have your results faster and can get back on track to good health quicker. We are also able to lower the costs and pass this on to you due to the efficiency of the process.
  3. Using your hair sample also allows us to test a large number of items during the process. We currently test for over 700 items using your one hair sample. This includes 350 food items and 350 non-food items such as cleaning products and chemicals used in the home.

Is this a test for intolerance?

Yes, the test that we perform here at the intolerance lab is for food intolerances. This is different to a food allergy response, which would require a blood test and possibly other types of testing from your GP. Food intolerances generally occur in your digestive tract and produce uncomfortable symptoms. Food allergies are an immune response, and they are life threatening. We do not test for these.

Is an intolerance test worth it?

If you’ve tried everything, and still don’t have any relief from your symptoms, then food intolerance testing is absolutely worth it! Bloating, IBS, headaches, skin rashes, constipation, diarrhea, migraines and more can all be caused by undetected food intolerances. So, if you can’t get to the bottom of your health issues, food intolerance testing could give you the answers!

How do doctors test for food intolerance?

Doctors don’t generally test for food intolerances. Doctors can order food allergy testing, but this is very different to food intolerances. Some integrative doctors may order an IgG blood test, which can check for a small selection of food intolerances. This is however usually done by Naturopaths and holistic health care providers.

What is the best food intolerance test?

We believe ours is for several reasons:

  1. It’s so non-invasive and does not require any blood samples. You can cut a small piece of your hair in the privacy of your own home and send it to us for testing. It’s easy to do children with this test as well!
  2. The results this test gives are truly life changing. You can see our customer testimonials right here on this site!
  3. With one small hair sample we can test for over 700 substances that you may be intolerant too. Blood tests cannot test for such a large number of items with just one sample.

How do I find out my intolerances?

By ordering yourself one of our food intolerance testing kits. Once you’ve received the kit, you follow the directions and take a small sample of hair. Once you’ve secured it in the envelope, simply send the hair sample back to our labs. Once received, we will perform the testing process, and you will receive your results within 3 days.

What are the most common food intolerances?

The most common food intolerances include:

  1. Lactose
  2. Casein
  3. Gluten
  4. Egg
  5. Nuts
  6. Yeast

We’ve found through our testing that these come up a lot, however people can be intolerant to many different foods and products. It’s always best to test, not guess.

How do you get tested for food allergies?

Food allergies are life threatening, and if you suspect that you may have one, you need to see your doctor ASAP. Allergies are immune reactions, and doctors will usually use a blood or pin prick test to diagnose them. We DO NOT test for allergies here at the intolerance lab. Our test is for food intolerances only.

Can you test for food allergies at home?

No, you can’t. As mentioned above, food allergies are life threatening. You need to see your doctor ASAP if you suspect you may have one. Here at the intolerance lab, we deal with food intolerances only, NOT food allergies.

What are examples of intolerances?

Examples of food intolerances include lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, egg intolerance and yeast intolerance. People can be intolerant to any foods; it depends on the individual.

It can be tricky to pinpoint a food intolerance because everyone reacts differently. However, there are some symptoms that are very common among sufferers. These are the most common symptoms you might have if you suffer from food intolerances:

  1. Bloating
  2. Constipation
  3. Gluten
  4. Stomach cramps
  5. Nausea
  6. Fatigue
  7. Brain fog
  8. Skin rashes
  9. Runny nose

What causes food intolerance?

This question does not have a simple answer. Food intolerances can be caused by a variety of reasons, here are some of them:

  1. Genetic history of the intolerance
  2. Poor gut health
  3. Over use of antibiotics
  4. Bacterial imbalance in the gut
  5. Leaky gut syndrome
  6. Previous gastro infections
  7. Auto immunity
It also depends on the individual, and your personal health history.

Does intolerance mean allergy?

No, food intolerance and food allergy are two very different things. A food intolerance is a digestive system reaction and can take 24 to 48 hours to produce a reaction. It is not life threatening, but it can lessen quality of life. A food allergy is an immediate immune system reaction to consuming a food the person is allergic too. Food allergies are life threatening and can result in anaphylaxis and death if not treated immediately.

What is the best test for food allergies?

Food allergies are very different to food intolerances. If food allergies are suspected, you need to discuss the best testing options for your situation with your doctor. We do not deal with food allergies here at the Intolerance Lab.

What foods are tested in allergy skin testing?

This also depends on what your individual presentation is. Your doctor will decide with you what foods need to be tested. We do not deal with food allergies here at the intolerance lab.

Can I test myself for food allergies?

No. Food allergies are life threatening and need to be tested with a doctor. You can however test yourself for food INTOLERANCES by purchasing one of our hair intolerance tests.

Is intolerance lab a con?

Hah, we love this question. Here at Intolerance Lab we pride ourselves on the world class testing we use, and the wonderful results our clients achieve. You can check out our reviews and decide for yourself!

Are food intolerance Labs Legit?

Absolutely. We have helped thousands of people either reduce or eliminate their food intolerance symptoms through the results from our world standard testing.