What is AllerDetect™?
AllerDetect™ is a new, comprehensive dry blood spot diagnostic test for both IgE allergies and IgG+C3D food sensitivities.
How is it different from other tests?
AllerDetect™ tests for IgE allergies similar to scratch testing. Other IgE blood draws and scratch testing take no account of IgG blocking potential which is what makes AllerDetect™ unique. Most other food sensitivity tests only cover IgG and exposure immunoglobins which by themselves heavily limit the accuracy of food sensitivity diagnostics through false positives. Our test includes C3d + IgG which helps to eliminate false positives, as they can result in malnutrition and serious dietary issues.
When was AllerDetect introduced?
AllerDetect™ was introduced at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in 2018.
Are there any limitations to who can be tested?
No. AllerDetect™ allergy testing can be preformed on patients of any age (including children) and/or health status.
What is the cost?
AllerDetect™ prices depend on the number of allergens being tested for.
Is this covered by insurance?
Consultation with an ND is covered by most extended health insurance plans. AllerDetect™ allergy testing (in part or in whole) is covered by Pacific Blue Cross, SunLife and Great-West Life/Canada Life. Please contact your insurance provider or check back in with us periodically as we are working hard to expand this list.
BETA Therapeutics conveniently offers direct billing for Allergy Services. Expand the list below to see if this option is available through your insurance provider.
Canada Life (formerly Great West Life)
Canadian Construction Workers Union (CCWU)
Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan
CINUP (Johnson Group)
Cowan Insurance Group (Express Scripts Canada)
First Canadian (Johnson Group)
GMS Carriers 49 & 50 (Express Scripts Canada)
Industrial Alliance Insurance & Financial Services
LiUNA Local 183
LiUNA Local 506
Maximum Benefit or Johnson Group
Medavie Blue Cross
Pacific Blue Cross
Sun Life Financial
How often should a person be tested?
Testing is typically performed annually after an initial baseline test. Follow-up testing is utilized to determine efficacy of the treatment, and monitor changes in allergic and sensitivity response.
How long does it take to get my results?
Once the blood sample has been received, results generally take 4-6 weeks to be released back to the clinic. We will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment once we have received your test results.
What test panels are available?
There are three separate test panels for food/dietary, one inhalant/environmental test panel, one mould group panel and a venom/insect panel.
Why can’t I test myself?
Testing is a simple process however the test must be prescribed by a healthcare professional who will use the results to complement a formal diagnosis and devise a treatment plan going forward.
Why do I need to discuss the results with my Healthcare professional?
Although we provide a detailed report of AllerDetect™ results, each individual’s comprehensive health history and symptom picture must be taken into account when results are evaluated. This requires a follow-up visit with your prescribing Physician.
What is IgE?
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) are antibodies produced by the immune system. When you have an allergy, your immune system overreacts to an allergen by producing IgE antibodies that cause allergic reactions.
What is IgG?
Immunoglobulin G (IgG) is the most abundant type of antibody, is found in all body fluids and protects against bacterial and viral infections. IgG is present with any exposed allergen but only problematic if abnormal levels of C3D is present. High IgG levels on their own can give false positives and incorrect test results.
What is C3d?
C3d a component of blood proteins that AllerDetect additionally tests for. When present, patients often see an increase in inflammation resulting in sensitivity symptoms.
What is the difference between Allergy and Sensitivity tests?
Allergy Testing brings to light damaging immune responses by the body. These responses can be to a number of substances including, but not limited to, pollen, animal dander, specific foods, moulds, or dust mites to which it has become hypersensitive. Alternatively, Sensitivity Testing detects foods that cause inflammation, resulting in symptoms such as intestinal gas, abdominal cramping or diarrhea. While the symptoms of a food intolerance or sensitivity may cause extreme discomfort, they are confined to the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract and are generally not life-threatening.
Where can I get more information?
Please visit www.AllerDetect.com for more information including relevant research.How Can I book my appointment?
Book your appointment by clicking the link below, filling out our contact page or giving us a call at (250)370-5525.