Food Allergies Specialist

Bay Natural Medicine

Minna Yoon, ND, LAc

Naturopathic Doctor & Acupuncturist located in Inner Sunset, San Francisco, CA

Food should nourish your body, but when you have food allergies, the simple act of eating can cause a wide range of symptoms. If you notice that you have recurring digestive problems, hives, or other allergy symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact Bay Natural Medicine. At her office in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, California, Minna Yoon, ND, LAc, offers thorough food allergy testing and treatment. Find out what’s bothering your system by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

Food Allergies Q & A

What are food allergies?

The food you eat delivers nutrients to your body. But, in the case of food allergies, your body mistakenly recognizes certain compounds in your food as threats. Your immune system reacts, defending against the perceived threat. This abnormal immune response can cause symptoms, including:

  • Hives
  • Itchy, irritated skin (eczema)
  • Swelling, especially around the mouth
  • A tingling sensation in your mouth
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Stomach aches
  • Diarrhea

Living with a food allergy isn’t pleasant. Avoiding the food that causes your body’s allergic reaction protects you against these symptoms. But because most Americans eat varied diets, identifying exactly which food or foods are triggering your allergic reaction can be challenging. 

What are the most common food allergies?

To help you identify what’s causing your food allergy, you should know which foods are the most likely culprits. Some of the foods that commonly trigger an allergic reaction include:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Wheat

Even knowing those common triggers, identifying your food allergy can still be challenging. That’s why Bay Natural Medicine offers food allergy testing at both offices.

How does food allergy testing work?

Food allergy testing allows Dr. Yoon to identify what’s causing your allergic reaction.

Bay Natural Medicine can either use a skin test, exposing small areas of your skin to various allergens, and observing your body’s response. Or they can take a small blood sample and send it to their lab for testing.

In some cases, Dr. Yoon could also recommend what is called a food elimination diet. During your food elimination diet, you begin by eating very bland foods that are unlikely to trigger allergic reactions. Then, you gradually reintroduce staples of your diet to see how your body responds.

Dr. Yoon will help you choose the right food allergy test for you based on your preferences, your allergic symptoms, and your insurance coverage.

Once your food allergy test is complete, you’ll know which food is causing your allergic reaction so you can avoid it — and the unpleasant symptoms that come with it.

To get started with food allergy testing, call the Bay Natural Medicine office or request your appointment online.

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