Eczema is one of the most common symptoms to food allergy in children. Dealing with eczema is often a very frustrating and painful experience for both the child and parents. Eczema can affect people of any age, although the condition is most common in children. People with eczema often have a family history of the condition or a family history of other allergic conditions, such as asthma or hay fever. However, heredity may not be the only factor triggering eczema, there is a strong link between patients with food allergy to eczema. Research has found that both eczema and food allergy are caused by abnormal function of the immune system.
Today there are over 200,000 children in Hong Kong suffering from eczema. One third of these children have food allergy problems. The percentage increases to 70 to 90% among the most severe eczema cases. There is clearly a strong link between food allergy and eczema.
Statistics suggest that there are 5-8% of children in Hong Kong suffering from food allergies today. The top 8 offending foods include eggs, cow’s milk, crustaceans, fish, wheat, soy, peanuts and nuts. In order to effectively treat eczema, in addition to applying medication, experts recommend a thorough understanding of your child’s allergic reaction to food or other environmental factors. A food allergy assessment allows you to find a suitable diet for your children, thus relieve the allergic symptoms effectively.
The Swedish health and lifestyle website, Kostkoll, recently conducted a comparison of the five food allergy testing (IgG) methods available in the Swedish market. The comparison of these tests focused on two factors: 1) repeatability of the test; 2) sensitivity of the test.
The comparisons were conducted by sending blood samples to each lab. Two sets of the same blood sample were sent under two difference names to each company. Three out of the five companies identified different allergic food items on the first and second test. Aller-Food Check, which is the test methodology utilized by HK BioTek ranked top among the five methods. It was the only test that showed completely matching results for the two sample sets, and at the same time, it was also the highest in sensitivity.
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