Gilchrist Dermatology is pleased to offer ALCAT testing to our patients. This is a comprehensive panel of tests to detect food sensitivites and food intolerances. Food additives, food colorings, medicinal herbs, environmental chemicals, molds, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory agents can also be tested. The ALCAT test does not test for food allergies.
Food allergies can be very dangerous acute reactions to foods, such as hives, swelling, or trouble breathing. On the other hand, food sensitivities and intolerances are much more difficult to diagnosis and can cause more much more chronic and delayed symptoms such as:
- skin problems, including acne, psoriasis, eczema and other rashes
- irritable bowel syndrome
- inability to lose weight
- headaches, migraines
- infertility problems