Test for 80 Food Sensitivities (IgG4 Antibodies) + 25 Food Allergies (IgE Antibodies)
There are numerous possible food allergies and sensitivities and almost as many tests to get to the bottom of them. Do you have unexplained symptoms and don't know where to begin? Then the cerascreen® Food Sensitivity + Allergy Test can offer you a starting point.
Using our sample collection and send-in kit for at-home use, you can easily take a small blood sample to find out if you react with antibodies to the foods that cause the majority of allergies and sensitivities.
In order to do this, our lab will test the concentration of IgE and IgG4 antibodies in your blood. The test therefore will give you a first indication of a possible sensitivity. For a conclusive diagnosis of an allergy, you should speak with your doctor.
- Take your sample easily from the comfort of home
- CLIA-certified lab analysis
- Detection of specific IgE and IgG4 antibodies
- Usable, practical recommendations & tips
- Get your result in 1-2 business days once the sample has reached the lab
- If you're not satisfied, reach out to us within 120 days for a full refund.
- After you've received your results, book a free call with our nutrition consultant to understand your results and whether any dietary or lifestyle changes are recommended.
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Symptoms of Food Allergies or Sensitivities
Fatigue or Low Energy
Rash or Hives
Stomach Pain & Cramps
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Collect a blood sample
Activate your test ID
In your secure my cerascreen ® user account on our website or in the my cerascreen ® app. You will be asked to answer a few short questions to help us give you individualized recommendations.
Send the sample
Using the included return packaging, send your dried blood sample by USPS mail to our partner lab free of charge.
You will receive a personalized results report, which will tell you if you have elevated levels of specific IgG4 antibodies. This would indicate that you are sensitive to certain foods. The report will also provide you with nutrition tips on how to eat a balanced diet even with allergies or sensitivities.
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The Benefits of the Food Sensitivities + Allergies Test
Food allergies and sensitivities are not only sometimes responsible for digestive issues. They often cause symptoms such as fatigue, skin irritation, and a burning sensation in the mouth. Without a test, it is usually difficult to identify on our own what the causes for these symptoms are.
For the cerascreen® Food Sensitivities and Allergies Test you do not need to go to the doctor or wait for an appointment. You simply receive a straightforward instruction booklet with pictures and then collect the sample yourself in the comfort of your home. Afterwards you will get an overview of the concentrations of antibodies in your blood to certain foods.Profit from our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for medical collection and send-in kits in Europe, with 8 years of experience in test development and analysis. In Europe we have developed more than 50 certified send-in sample collection kits (classified medical products), had over 250,000 samples analyzed, and are available in 19 different countries.
Which foods will be tested?
The cerascreen Food Sensitivities and Allergies Test detects the concentration of specific IgE antibodies to 25 different foods and the concentration of specific IgG4 antibodies to 80 different foods. The test therefore covers the foods that are responsible for the majority of food allergies.
|Food Category||Tested Food|
||IgG4 Test||IgE Test|
|Poultry||Chicken, turkey, egg white, egg yolk||Chicken, egg white|
|Meat||Beef, pork, lamb||Beef, pork, lamb|
|Fish||Salmon, tuna, cod, herring, plaice, pollock, trout||Salmon, cod|
|Seafood||Shrimp, blue mussel, octopus, oyster, squid||Shrimp, crab|
|Dairy products||Cow's milk, casein, gouda, goat's milk, sheep's milk,||Cow's milk|
|Grains containing gluten||Wheat, rye, spelt, gluten, barley, durum wheat||Wheat|
|Gluten-free grains||Rice, oats, buckwheat, quinoa, maize/corn, millet||Rice|
|Vegetables||Carrot, celery, tomato, onion, garlic, potato||Carrot, celery, tomato, potato|
|Legumes||Peanut, soy||Soy, peanut|
|Nuts||Hazelnut, almond, walnut,||Hazelnut, almond|
|Fruit||Peach, kiwi, strawberry, orange, apple, banana, grape, green olive, lemon, mango, pineapple||Peach, kiwi, strawberry, orange, apple|
|Other||Coffee, pepper, sesame||
The results report
As soon as your sample has been evaluated, you will receive your results report on the my cerascreen® app or your user account on our website. You can view the report on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or even print it out.
Find out from the lab analysis what your blood concentration of specific IgE or IgG4 antibodies to certain foods is. With the help of our practical recommendations, find out how you can deal with allergies and sensitivities, and nevertheless practice a healthy, balanced diet. Our comprehensive health information will explain what happens in your body if you have an allergy or sensitivity.
Questions about Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Why test for food allergies and sensitivities?
Many people suffer from food allergies and sensitivities - often without even knowing it. in some cases, the daily symptoms are not easy to connect with having eaten a specific food, since some reactions can appear hours after consumption. A Food Sensitivities and Allergies test can provide valuable clues to which foods you may not tolerate well.
The Food Sensitivities and Allergies Test offers you a first indication of any possible issue as well as an overview. Specific IgE antibodies as well as IgG4 antibodies will be measured for a wide variety of foods. A majority of all food allergies and sensitivities are the result of the foods tested in the analysis.
Important: The Food Sensitivities and Allergies Test does not measure intolerance to lactose, fructose, sorbitol, histamine, or gluten. These intolerances have to be tested for in another test as they result in different antibodies than IgE and IgG4.
How does the test work?
For the Food Sensitivities and Allergy test, you use a lancet to collect a small blood sample from your fingertip. Only a few drops of blood are necessary.
You collect the sample on a dried blood spot card and send it in the included mailing envelope free of charge to our CLIA-certified partner lab, which will measure the amount of specific IgE and IgG4 antibodies in your blood. After your sample has been analyzed, you will receive a results report in your user account on our website or in the my cerascreen® app.
Please note: You can get the best result when you follow a varied diet (for approximately two weeks) prior to collecting your sample. Please note: do not consume any foods to which you have a known allergy, as this could lead to risk of anaphylaxis. Please do not take any anti-histamines.
What does the results report tell me?
The results report for your Food Sensitivities and Allergy test will show you what level of IgE and IgG4 antibodies you have in your blood in response to each food tested.
A table shows how sensitive you are to each of the 25 different foods – if your body is producing too many IgE antibodies in response to a specific food. This sensitization will tell you how strong the allergic reaction from your immune system is to a food.
The other table will tell you how many IgG4 antibodies to 80 different foods were found in your blood. A mild or strong reaction, according to alternative medicine theories, can offer a first orientation for possible food intolerances.
What are the recommendations?
Neither the IgE or the IgG4 levels are a diagnosis. A definitive diagnosis can only be give by your doctor or allergist. It is also possible that elevated levels with some foods do not cause symptoms.
You can use the result as a first indication and then use this to discuss the next steps with your doctor. Your results report will also give you tips how you can use targeted elimination diets to further test which foods you can or cannot tolerate.
In addition you will also receive recommendations for how you can still have a balanced diet despite food allergies or sensitivities.
What are IgE and IgG4?
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) are two types of antibodies. They are part of the defense mechanisms of our immune system. IgE as well as IgG4 are part of a group of antibodies that are specialized to defend our bodies from foreign bodies.
When you have an allergy, there are too many IgE antibodies in your body. They activate a reaction to a harmless protein like pollen, pet hair, or food. This causes a release of histamines, which lead to inflammation and other typical allergy symptoms.
An IgG4-caused food intolerance is a theory from alternative medicine, which is not currently supported from the scientific literature. According to the theory, elevated levels of IgG4 antibodies can lead to immune and inflammatory reactions. However the symptoms are usually delayed by a few hours or even days after you have eaten the food in question.
What Types of Allergies Are Tested?
For most food allergies the symptoms usually appear immediately or shortly after eating. Nuts, soy, or animal proteins like milk, egg, or shellfish can also cause a dangerous allergic reaction allergic shock (anaphylaxis), in which a sudden drop in blood pressure can lead to loss of consciousness and in rare cases can lead to death.
Typical symptoms of a food allergy:
- Digestive issues such as diarrhea or stomach pain
- itching of the mouth or a fuzzy feeling on the tongue
- difficulty breathing or allergy-induced asthma
Which Foods Cause Allergies?
More than 170 different foods can cause an allergy or intolerance. There are also certain foods which are by far the most common causes of intolerance. These include:
- Cow's milk and egg
- Legumes (most commonly peanut or soy)
- Fish and Shellfish
Less likely to cause an allergy are different types of fruit, vegetables, or spices.
Most food allergies appear in childhood. An individual usually grows out of an allergy to cow's milk, egg, wheat, or soy while a nut, fish or shellfish allergy is typically a lifelong problem.
What Are IgG4-induced Intolerances?
According to a theory from alternative medicine, high concentrations of specific IgG4 antibodies is a sign that the body is intolerant to that particular food. The theory further maintains that consumption of the food in question can lead to inflammation in the gut.
The association between the IgG4 antibody concentration and food intolerance is debated in the scientific community.
How Are IgG4-induced Intolerances Manifested?
IgG4-induced intolerance symptoms are said to appear hours or days after having consumed the food in question.
Possible Symptoms of a Food Intolerance:
- Digestive issues, especially bloating
- Headaches and migraines
- Whistling noises when you breath, runny nose
What Should I Do If I Have A Food Allergy Or Intolerance?
There is no treatment to heal an allergy. According to the theories, an IgG4-induced intolerance can disappear if the food has been avoided for a while.
Currently the only effective method of dealing with a food allergy or intolerance is to identify which food your body reacts to and then avoid consuming that food.
Some medications (antihistamines) can temporarily reduce the symptoms of an allergic reaction when you have eaten an allergen. People who have strong allergic reactions usually carry an EpiPen with them, so that in case of anaphylactic shock they can inject themselves with adrenaline.
Who Should Not Take The Test?
The Food Sensitivities and Allergy Test is not intended for certain people or only in special circumstances:
- People with infectious diseases like hepatitis and HIV may not take the Food Sensitivities and Allergy Test.
- People with hemophilia should not take the test.
- Pregnant and nursing women should only take the Food Sensitivities and Allergies Test in the presence of a doctor. The reference values and recommendations provided in the test are not for pregnant and nursing women, therefore you should ask your doctor about your test result.
- The Food Sensitivities and Allergies Testis not intended for children under the age of 18.
This test is not intended to diagnose a disease. If you suffer from a chronic condition such as diarrhea or severe pain, please contact your doctor.