WHAT AM I ALLERGIC TO?
Believe it or not, allergens can come from many different sources one might not expect. The most commonly known allergens would be associated with the three “P’s” : pollution, pollen, and pets.
In addition, many have heard of those being allergic to certain foods like strawberries or shellfish. Did you know, however, that one can develop allergic reactions to gluten? Were you aware that dairy, nuts, and seeds can also play a big part in ones digestion and potential allergy related problems?
HOW IS ALLERGY TESTING PERFORMED?
Different allergens bother different people, so your allergist will determine which test is the best for you. Regardless of the type of test, an allergist will first perform a physical examination and ask questions about your symptoms to determine if allergy testing is warranted.
* Skin Prick Testing
* Intradermal Testing
* Skin Patch Testing
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Any medical test involves some risk. The risk with allergy skin tests is that allergy symptoms might occur during the test. The most common symptoms are itching and swelling of the skin where the tests are. In rare cases, a more serious reaction can occur. That is why skin tests should be done by a specialist. The risk with allergy blood tests is pain or bleeding at the needle mark.
ALLERGY TESTING FAQ’S