Food Allergies vs Food Intolerance

Posted on June 14, 2019  in Food Allergies

Have you ever heard someone say that he’s “a little” allergic to a particular food? Food allergies vs food intolerance which do you have? Consumer Reports says there’s no such thing.

Food intolerance is more likely. And while some of the symptoms of an allergy and food intolerance are similar, the differences between the two are critical!

why the confusion? Food intolerance affects the digestive system, and allergies attack the immune system.

Helping to identify whether it’s intolerance or an allergy is important because it can make your quality of life much better.

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People with intolerance can still eat certain foods without serious consequences.

But for someone with an allergy, touching, inhaling, or ingesting even a microscopic amount of an allergenic food can be deadly.

If you suspect there’s a problem, see an allergist to make sure it’s not a food allergy, which can be severe and even fatal.

If it’s not a food allergy, it’s important to keep a log of your symptoms, your diet, and the foods that make you feel unwell so that you can share it with your doctor.

CR says an intolerance can stem from a variety of sources, such as celiac disease or a sensitivity to food additives.

It may cause discomfort, but it’s not fatal.

You can develop food allergies and intolerance even after childhood. Nearly half of those with food allergies in the study reported the onset of a new one in adulthood.

If you have a food allergy, you need to take certain precautions, such as carrying medication in case you have a reaction.

If you or a loved one have a food allergy, be careful in the kitchen, especially if you handle utensils tainted with food that might trigger a reaction.

Remember to clean surfaces with warm and soapy water and wash your hands properly.

Reduce food sensitivity symptoms.

Food sensitivities, also known as ‘intolerances’ can be a pain, literally, and are much more common than you think, far more common than a food allergy.

This is mainly due to the fact that it is easy to dismiss the symptoms as something else because the onset of symptoms is usually slower, and may be delayed by several hours, sometimes up to 48

after eating the culprit food.

To make things even more confusing, two people may be sensitive to the same food but experience different symptoms. 

People can usually tolerate a reasonable amount of the food that they are sensitive to, but if they eat too much they will get symptoms because their body cannot tolerate certain amounts. 

Food sensitivities can even trigger the onset of a chronic illness or make symptoms worse which is why it is important to get tested with Allergy Test.

After identifying the foods that you are sensitive to with Allergy Test, it is important to eliminate these foods from your diet for at least a month before you start introducing it back into your diet. 

We would advise that you slowly re-introduce the culprit food back into your diet so that you can gauge how much of the food your body can tolerate before the symptoms kick in.

Once you receive your results, you can seek advice from our in-house nutritionist who will help you take the next step in taking back control of your health and diet. 

They can help you ensure your body is still getting all the nutrients it needs through alternative sources if you do need to eliminate a certain food or food group from your diet.

Tree and Grass Pollen

Tips for Preventing Allergic Reactions to Tree and Grass Pollen

Pollen Season

First comes the tree pollen and then comes the grass pollen. And with it comes spring allergy season. This includes lots of sneezing, itchiness, stuffy noses and red, watery eyes. These symptoms are often referred to as “hay fever.”

Trees start producing pollen in the southern U.S. as early as January. Many trees throughout the country keep producing pollen through June. Both tree and grass pollen is very lightweight. Wind can carry it up to 500 miles.

It may be hard to avoid tree and grass pollen, but you can reduce your exposure. Check out these tips:

Check your local pollen count every day. Limit time outside from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when pollen is high.

Keep windows closed. Use central air conditioning.

Wear sunglasses and a hat. This can help keep pollen out of your eyes and hair.

Dry your clothes indoors. Don’t dry your clothes on an outdoor line.

Start taking allergy medicines before tree and grass allergy season begins. This can prevent symptoms

Keep your lawn short. Short grass is less likely to release pollen. If possible, have someone else mow your lawn.

Change and wash your clothes after outdoor activities. Wear long pants if you will be in contact with grass.

Shower and shampoo your hair every night. This can help keep pollen out of your bed.

Wipe off or brush your pets before they come inside. Pollen can get in their fur.

Remove your shoes before entering your home. It is also important to vacuum your floors at least once a week.

Start taking allergy medicines before tree and grass allergy season begins. This can prevent symptoms.

PEF Allergy Fair

Because young minds matter

The Public Education Foundation

The Public Education Foundation in partnering with Allergy Care Centers will be holding an "Allergy Fair" April 6, 2019 9:00am - 3:00 am at Teacher Exchange 4350 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas

Scratch test

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Go into the places only locals are Now adults ans children no longer need to suffer a scratch test ( prick allergens on the back) to discover their allergie.

allergy shots

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Nobody likes shots! Weekly trips to receive costly immunotherapy shots take time. Therefore, only 16% of patients finish their treatment plan.


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Our doctors order the fingerstick test and to write a customized prescription based on the test results.

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When Does Allergy Season Start Again?

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Well, it’s technically *always* allergy season due to year-round offenders such as dust mites, mold, and pet dander says Purvi Parikh, MD, an allergist and immunologist with Allergy & Asthma Network, but some allergens–pollens, specifically—are seasonal.

Tree pollen, for example, pops up in the spring (generally in late March to April), grass pollen arrives in the late spring (around May), weed pollen is most prevalent in the summer (July to August), and ragweed pollen takes over from summer to fall (late August to the first frost), says Dr. Parikh.

And even worse news: Climate change means allergy season begins earlier and lasts longer, adds Corinne Keet, MD, PhD, a professor and allergist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

To get super-specific, has a National Allergy Map that provides an up-to-date allergy forecast in different areas around the country and an Allergy Alert app that gives five-day forecasts with in-depth info on specific allergens, helping you decide if you should stay indoors that day.

What does that mean for my allergy meds? When should I start taking them?

There’s no point in waiting until you’re miserable to take allergy meds, especially if you want to keep up your outdoor workouts.

In fact, allergists recommend you start taking meds a couple weeks before allergy season arrives, or, at the latest, take them the moment you begin having symptoms, says Dr. Parikh. Taking them early can stop an immune system freak-out before it happens, lessening the severity of symptoms, he adds.

As for which allergy meds to take, if you’re seriously stuffed, start with steroid nasal sprays such as Flonase or Rhinocort, which reduce inflammation-induced stuffiness, says Dr. Keet.

And if you’ve got itching, sneezing, and a runny nose, too, look for non-sedating antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Xyzal, or Allegra, she adds. Just remember:

While OTC allergy meds suppress symptoms, they don’t cure the problem, so they may be less effective if your allergies are worsening, notes Dr. Parikh.

What can I do if my allergy meds aren’t working…or my allergies are getting worse?

If you’re already taking OTC allergy meds (and, you know, keeping your windows closed and washing your face and hair after coming inside), allergy shots, a.k.a. allergen immunotherapy, make your immune system less reactive to allergens (read: pollen), and for some people, they can even induce a cure, says Dr. Parikh.

“By giving small increasing doses of what you are allergic to, you train the immune system to slowly stop being as allergic,” she says. “This is the best way to address allergies, as it targets the underlying problem and builds your immunity to a specific allergen.”

The downside? Allergy shots are a bit of a time commitment. You’ll need to get them once a week for six to eight months, then once a month for a minimum of two years, says Dr. Parikh. You need to be a little bit patient, too, because it can take about six months to start feeling better (so if you want protection by March, you’ll probably have to start in September the year before). But a life without allergies? Sounds worth it to me.

At Allergy Care Centers, we take a different approach. Instead of shots our treatment is a prescribe allergy toothpaste.

You start feeling better in about a month. We don’t just treat the symptoms, our treatment is designed to eliminate the allergies.

Would you rather brush your teeth or take allergy shots?

Is It A Food Allergy? Or A Food Intolerance?

Food allergy or food intolerance? Yes, there’s a difference and it could mean sending someone to the hospital.

Do most people you know have food allergies? If the answer is yes, many of those people likely don’t have food allergies but an intolerance.

A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. It can cause a range of symptoms. In some cases, an allergic food reaction can be severe or life-threatening. In contrast, food intolerancesymptoms are generally less serious and often limited to digestive problems.

New research shows about 26 million Americans have a food allergy. That’s 1 in 10 adults. Nearly half developed it during adulthood.

The main difference is that food allergies can be deadly. Eating, touching, even inhaling microscopic amounts of food allergens can cause people to have serious reactions like severe vomiting, diarrhea, hives or difficulty breathing.

Just 8 foods cause most allergic reactions. 90-percent of reactions are caused by eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat.

You can’t be just a little allergic. If food just gives you some bloating, gas or migraines, you probably have a food intolerance.

Make sure you talk to your doctor about any concerns about food allergies or intolerance.

Book appointment today with our doctor to schedule an office visit or TeleMedicine conference.

Food Allergies Challerging Parents over the Holidays

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Allergy Care Centers test for 180 allergens. 

Food allergies are a big concern this time of year, especially with Halloween candy and the upcoming holidays. From peanut allergies to gluten, soy and dairy allergies, they are a challenge for children, parents, teachers and even school nurses to manage.

But there are some things we can all do to help ensure the safety of those with allergies.

UMC’s Family Nurse Practitioner, Sydni Sprecher says, “Our food has changed over the previous decades, in the way that it’s grown and kept and processed and manufactured. Additives are put in here and there and things have been genetically modified, and so we do have a lot of people that say twenty years ago we never heard of so many gluten allergies or sensitivities, I think a lot of it is awareness, but a lot of it just changes over time of human manipulation  of natural ingredients has caused a chain of events.”

And, those changes in our food sources have prompted extensive research to help target allergies early, which gives parents an opportunity to be an advocate for their child to help prevent serious problems.

“So, certainly there is so more research available to us with how science has progressed and funding available, we’re seeing so many more cases with children being born with significant allergies or who develop them later in life”, said Sprecher.

“At one point in my daughter’s life, we had eight unsafe foods. So, anything packaged or processed we were not able to have. And, through the steps of our pediatrician, our gastroenterologist, and our allergist, we developed a plan, and thankfully my child has grown out of the majority of those allergies and those foods are safe for her to have. But, I do have that experience as a parent, that fear and that pausing and questioning and reading labels on everything.”

Sprecher also advises parents to talk with their child’s pediatrician, develop an action plan, and educate your child on how to administer an Epipen, or at least how to call 9-1-1. But for preventative measures, children without allergies should avoid sharing their food and beverages.

Lubbock ISD follows similar guidelines.

Paulett Rozneck, coordinator of LISD student health services says, “Lubbock ISD has allergy aware zones, which includes peanut allergies. At the beginning of each school year, parents are asked to complete information regarding any allergies (food, environment, medications) for their student.”

This information is shared with the teachers and sent to cafeteria personnel.

A student’s food selection can be monitored. Teachers notify the parents when there are special events, and the parent can being in alternative foods for their student.

Rozneck said, “Signs placed outside classrooms help keep other staff and parents aware of the need to take additional precautions.”

“And, another thing that parents often are not aware of are ingredients for a full-size candy bar are different from those that are in a fun-sized candy bar,” Sprecher said.  “So those that  are trick or treating you may think oh this is a safe candy but I would just urge you to read the label again because it may be different for a fun-sized candy bar.”

Awareness and education are key when it comes to managing allergies, but hopefully, now, we will all take that pause to really help ensure the safety of those around us.

Allergy Testing and Treatment

Finger-stick Allergy Test

This test is fast, simple and safe (not traumatic for children) A unique next-generation molecular proteomic blood test that detects 180 airborne, environmental and food allergies ( compared to 40-50 from standard scratch testing). This test combines a 67 food panel with a 104 environmental inhalant & non-inhalant panel, including various insects, latex, penicillin, animals, fungi, grass, molds, trees, weeds, and more.

Allergy Treatment with Toothpaste

Our physician writes a 90-day prescription with 3 refills after the results form the finger-stick test. Then sent to the Compounding Pharmacy to mix a unique allergen serum.  The surum is then mixed into the toothpaste.  The toothpaste is mailed to the patients.

10 Foods That Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

Just a DASH Will Do

One of the tools your doctor may use to dial back your blood pressure is DASH — Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It’s not a diet but a way of eating. You cut back on salt, load up on fruits and veggies, and round out your meals with whole grains, fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, and low-fat dairy.

Go Green (and Leafy)

Go Green (and Leafy)

Salt makes your body hang on to more fluid. That bumps up your blood volume and the pressure on your arteries, which make your blood pressure climb. Fill your plate with leafy greens like spinach, broccoli, kale, or collards for a potassium boost. The mineral helps flush sodium out of your body through your pee and relaxes your blood vessel walls.

Recommended daily serving: 3-6 cups (raw leafy veggies)

Berry Good for You

Berry Good for You

The pigments that give blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries their rich colors also come with a benefit for your blood vessels: anthocyanin. It’s a natural compound that can help artery walls become wider and more flexible to lower your blood pressure and improve your heart health.

Recommended daily serving: 2-3 cups (frozen or fresh fruits).


Calcium is a key player for good blood pressure because it helps your blood vessels tighten and relax when they should. Plain, low-fat yogurt is a good way to add calcium to your diet without too much-added sugar or fat. Looking for a flavor twist? Throw some berries in for some natural sweetness and even more blood pressure help.

Fatty Fish

Another good source of calcium is bone-in fish, like canned salmon or sardines. Oily fish like mackerel and sardines also are flush in omega-3s, the fatty acids that boost health and help your heart. Studies on fish oil supplements show they may lower your blood pressure, especially if your high blood pressure is moderate or severe.

Recommended daily serving: 3-6 ounces (fish, lean meat, and poultry).

Sprinkling of Seeds

Add unsalted seeds like pumpkin, flax, and sunflower to salads, yogurt, or oatmeal to help lower your blood pressure. Seeds are a source of vital minerals like magnesium, which helps control your blood pressure and relax your blood vessels.

Recommended daily serving: 1-1.5 tablespoons (seeds).


This whole grain is healthy, filling, and low in sodium. It’s also full of fiber, which helps keep your weight and blood pressure under control. Cook your rolled or steel-cut oats with water or low-fat milk. Swap out the maple syrup or brown sugar with raisins or bananas for a touch of sweetness. 

Recommended daily serving: 3-5 cups cooked (whole-grain cereal, rice, and pasta).

Turn Up the Beet

A study shows that drinking 2 cups of a mix of three parts beetroot and one part apple juice can make your systolic blood pressure (the top number) go down in just a few hours. Men may see a bigger benefit than women. High systolic pressure can raise your chances of strokes. Cooked beets and beet greens, which pack lots of potassium, are a good alternative.

Recommended daily serving: About 2 cups (raw or cooked vegetables, or vegetable juice).


Garlic can add more than just zest to your dishes. It may also have a hand in boosting your nitric oxide levels, which dilates blood vessels. The more relaxed your blood vessels are, the less your heart has to work to pump blood through them. That helps keep your blood pressure down.

Recommended daily serving: 1-2 cloves.


Tree nuts — hold the salt! — like walnuts and almonds can be a great source of healthy fats that help your heart. But for high blood pressure, your best pick is pistachios. They seem to have the strongest effect on lowering both your top and bottom blood pressure readings.

Recommended serving: 1-2 cups per week (nuts).

Allergy Food Test

make sure you know what foods you are allergic to. Allergy Care Centers offers a simple finger prick blood test that will let you know what foods you are allergic to. Contact them at 702-331-5230. 400 Shadow Lane Suite #202, Las Vegas NV  89106

How allergies relate to your daily commute to work

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Monday, October 15, 2018, 1:41 PM – When their annual bout with seasonal allergies comes calling, sufferers can do a lot to keep allergens out of the house, but they may have forgotten about what, to many, is their second home: Their vehicle.

And if they take advantage of nicer weather by cracking a window during their morning commute, they’re exposing themselves to a hefty dose of the exact same allergens they’ve struggled to keep out of where they live and sleep.Commute to work

“We usually tell people who are commuting in cars … to shut their windows and to have the air conditioner on,” says Prof. Susan Wasserman of McMaster University’s Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. “Otherwise it’s a steady stream of air at high velocity, and you’re going to have a lot of pollen exposure.”

Wasserman says for best results, set your AC to recirculate air within the vehicle, rather than drawing it in from the outside

It’s not a bad idea to keep your vehicle’s interior as uncluttered as possible, either. Pollen settling on surfaces likely wouldn’t be viable for a whole summer, but it’s best to wipe them down from time to time nonetheless, to minimize exposure, along with vacuuming regularly and avoiding moisture buildup that can encourage the growth of mold.

“You’ve got to maintain everything, really, to keep mold to a minimum,” Wasserman says.

If public transit is the preferred method of commute, sufferers will have relatively little control of the condition of the air within the train or subway car, but that doesn’t make them helpless.

As with most other aspects of the season, Waterman says sufferers can be proactive in keeping ahead of their symptoms. Knowing what they’re allergic to will help sufferers know when to expect high pollen counts, as tree, grass, and ragweed allergies have their own relatively defined seasons, and there are numerous pollen-monitoring tools that are easily available on the internet.

Once they know what to expect, premedication before and during the season can take the edge off the symptoms, easing their commute.

“I would recommend that even if you weren’t traveling anywhere, frankly,” Wasserman says. “The fact is, you have to know what your season is and make sure that you know, you’ve started your antihistamines and nasal steroids in advance.”

For those seeking a more permanent solution to their ongoing allergies, a trip to an allergist could put them on the path to resistance, either with allergy shots, sublingual tablets or allergy toothpaste depending on the allergy.

Telemedicine Allergy Care

Benefits of Telemedicine

If you like the idea of seeing your doctor over a video conference on your laptop or smartphone, you are not alone. At Allergy Care Centers our doctors will interview you in the comfort of your home.

We will mail you our allergy test kit with instruction on how to prick your finger and apply 5 drops of blood to a special card. Place in FedEx package and return to Allergy Care Centers.

Within 7 business days, our office will call to schedule a video conference consultation with the results of your test.  

Our doctor will then write a prescription for your allergy toothpaste and send to the pharmacy to be filled. The pharmacy will mail your prescription to you home. 

Our office will call you to schedule a quarterly check-up and a annual re-testing until you are allergy free. 

75% of survey respondents are interested in trying telemedicine. Telemedicine has been used in a limited way for decades, but it is only now becoming more mainstream. This is because so many people have access to high-speed internet connections and the devices necessary to perform a video visit.  The approach is popular with patients due to its advantages. 

No transportation time or costs

When you see your doctor on your mobile device or computer, you can save money on gas, parking, and public transportation. Even better, you don’t waste time traveling or risk running into a traffic jam that makes you late for your appointment, or worse, late getting back to work.

No need to take time off of work

Speaking of work, video visits largely remove the need to take time off. You can simply schedule your visit during a break, or before or after work. You can be anywhere that offers sufficient privacy. You can comply with your doctor’s follow-up instructions and maintain your health without missing a day of work or wasting your precious paid time off.

Eliminate child or elder care issues

Many of us have the responsibility for caring for children or older adults. Finding alternative care so that you can see the doctor can be difficult and expensive. Bringing them along can be stressful or impractical. Fortunately, telemedicine solves this challenge by allowing you to see your doctor while upholding your family responsibilities.

Access to Specialists

Some patients who need the care of a specialist must drive long distances and invest a lot of time for each visit. Telemedicine makes it possible for you and your primary care physician to leverage the expertise of specialists who are not nearby. When it comes to serious health issues, you want to consult with the best, not the closest.