Allergy Testing Cork

Mary Carmody Nutrition Cork provides allergy testing in her clinic in Cork. Furthermore, Mary provides consultations to guide you to your personalised health solution.

Did you know that 45% of the population suffer from food intolerances and only 3-5% have food allergies? Read on to be more informed about Allergy Testing

Food and Inhalents Allergy Testing Cork

 Mary Carmody Nutrition Cork can discuss food allergies with you.

It's now estimated that approximately 5pc of Irish children and 3pc of adults suffer from a food allergy. Severe reactions are rare.

UCC Professor of Paediatrics, Professor Jonathan Hourihane : "Rates of anaphylaxis attendance to hospital have also gone up - they have trebled in the last 20 years, death due to food allergy hasn't increased, because it's always rare, but food allergies are definitely more common these days."

  • Reactions usually occur quickly, with a maximum of 2 hours after exposure to the ‘reactive’ food.
  • The body’s IgE immune system is activated by the immediate ingestion of the reactive food.
  • Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, rashes, swelling, runny nose and anaphylactic shock. These can potentially be life threatening.
  • Finally, trace amounts of these foods can cause reactions.

Allergy Testing Cork Mary Carmody NutritionMany people can suffer for years, having formed a coping mechanism to deal with the symptoms but being unable to enjoy a normal work and home life.  Many people don’t realise that there are easy steps beginning with Allergy Testing to take that could resolve their condition.

A recent study* has shown that those who eliminated trigger foods based on food-specific IgG test results had reductions in weight, body mass index, waist and hip circumference and improvements in all indicators of quality of life that were measured. The quality of life indicators included physical and emotional wellbeing, mental health, social life, pain levels and vitality therefore if you are suffering from any of the symptoms below, simply contact Mary or order one of her tests online.

IgG results are obtained from the Food Allergy Tests and Food Intolerance Tests provided and performed by Mary Carmody Nutrition in Cork with the exception of the Biolab Food Allergy Tests which require a doctor or nurse to take your blood sample.

*Lewis J et al, 2012: Eliminating Immunologically-Reactive Foods from the Diet and its Effect on Body Composition and Quality of Life in Overweight Persons. Journal Obesity & Weight loss Therapy 2:1

Mary offers the following Allergy Testing

What Allergy Test can I take?


Adverse reactions to food and to inhaled substances can arise by a variety of mechanisms and these may be immune or non-immune mediated. Measuring IgE antibodies identifies the allergens responsible for the immune-mediated reaction, which can be triggered by very small amounts of antigen.

The Allergy test checks your IgE levels for the following.

1) an inhalant panel for detecting antibodies against English Plantain, Mugwort, Pellitory, Lamb's Quarters, Ragweed (short), Olive, Oak (white), Beech (American), white birch, v Ash, Cypress (Italian), Alder (black), London Plane, Alternaria, Candida, Aspergillus, Latex, Cockroach mix, Kentucky Blue Grass, Timothy Grass, Orchard Grass (cockfoot), Bermuda Grass, Wheat pollen, Rye (cultivated), Dog, Horse, Cat, Blomia (tropicalis), Dermatophagoides farinae and D. pteronyssinus (house dust mites).
2) a food panel for detecting antibodies against crab, codfish, carrot, apple, potato, tomato, celery, peach, walnut, peanut, hazelnut, almond, soyabean, rye, wheat, sesame, casein, egg white and egg yolk.

Interpreting Allergy Test Results :

Beside each item tested for you will see a score which indicates the level of your allergy to that item, if any. The level in serum of IgE antibody to each allergen is expressed in luminometry units (LU), which can be equated to a class score or kU/L, as shown below:

ClassLUEquivalent KU/LInterpretation
 0 - 11
12 - 26
27 - 65
66 - 142
143 - 242
0 - 0.34
0.35 - 0.69
0.70 - 3.49
3.50 - 17.5

No antibodies detected
Very low levels of antibodies detected
Low levels of antibodies detected
Moderate levels of antibodies detected
High levels of antibodies detected
Very high levels of antibodies detected

Is Food Intolerance different to Food Allergy

Food intolerance is often confused with a food allergy. Mary can help you find out if you have a food intolerance  or Food Allergy and discover what it is, as a result you may find your symptoms relieved or completely gone.

You can have a Food Intolerance and not be allergic even though the symptoms may seem similar to you. Mary can advise you on this at your consultation.

Food intolerance is a condition with a wide range of symptoms including: including gut symptoms, bloating, migraines, low mood, weight gain, fatigue and skin problems.

You can read more about Food Intolerance and Book Food Intolerance Testing here

• Abdominal Pain
• Aches and Pains
• Acne
• Bloating
• Constipation
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Weight loss/Weight Gain
• Fluid Retention
• Headaches
• Hyperactivity
• Migraine
• Urticaria
• Wheezing
• Diarrhoea
• Dizziness
• Eczema
• Fatigue
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Itching
• Rhinitis
• Sinusitis
• Stomach Cramps
• Tension
• Tiredness
• Nausea
• Rashes

Unsure whether to order an Allergy Test or Food Intolerance Test

please speak to Mary you can email her on or call 087 2884461