Is the Alcat Test a food allergy test?

The Alcat Test is NOT a food allergy test. It is designed to test for sensitivities. Although the terms have been used interchangeably, food allergy and food sensitivity are quite different from one another. True allergies involve an immediate response and the symptoms are very often significant. For example, immediate hives and anaphylaxis are significant, immediate symptoms that may occur from true food allergies. Sensitivities are most often responsible for chronic inflammatory symptoms. The patient should avoid all items to which he/she has a known allergy regardless of the reaction or non-reaction determined by the Alcat Test.

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