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Are there any home allergy testing kits that you can buy that work just as docs?

Are there any home allergy testing kits that you can buy that work just as docs?

Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware. A positive allergy test is not a diagnosis of allergy. There are many false positive tests. A negative allergy does not rule-out allergy - although it makes a diagnosis less likely. The cost of allergy testing is 4-10x more than the fee for seeing the expert. Why not enlist the help of board-certified experts? ...Read more

Dr. Paul Carter
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Allergy Tests (Definition)

Allergies can be identified by allergy tests. The best allergy test is a skin test. It is safe and reliable. The next best allergy test is a blood test - less reliable than skin tests but also safe. If we are looking into food allergy then a challenge test is very reliable but ...Read more


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Are there any home allergy testing kits that can be bought that work just as well as allergy testing at docs?

Are there any home allergy testing kits that can be bought that work just as well as allergy testing at docs?

Unfortunately no: It would be nice to have allergy testing that can be done at home. Unfortunately, no reliable test kits are available. The most reliable test is a skin test applied and interpreted by an allergist. Even specific ige blood tests can have "false negative" results. Igg blood tests are essentially useless. ...Read more

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Are there any home allergy testing kits that you can buy that work just as good as allergy testing at the doctor's office?

Are there any home allergy testing kits that you can buy that work just as good as allergy testing at the doctor's office?

Yes, But...: There are home allergy tests, but it really is safer to do it in the presence of a specialist, in case of an emergency. This is an interesting article regarding this. http://abcnews.go.com/health/allergiesnews/t/story?id=7798165&page=1. ...Read more

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Docs, could a young child be sedated in anyway for venom allergy testing?

Docs, could a young child be sedated in anyway for venom allergy testing?

Not a good idea: Most children over 5 can usually be persuaded to undergo prick skin test with a bribe. There is also local anesthetic cream to numb the slight amount of discomfort and it would not affect the skin test findings getting a blood test may be another option (but this is actually more frightening to a child). ...Read more

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I getting allergy testing soon .they said 6 weeks after doing shots I can do them at home .what happens if I miss the vein when I give shot to myself ?

I getting allergy testing soon .they said 6 weeks after doing shots I can do them at home .what happens if I miss the vein when I give shot to myself ?

Not advisable: Since allergy shots can cause anaphylactic reaction which is potentially life-threatening , it is not usual and customary practice to give oneself the shots. I would never advise this approach. ...Read more

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Does naturopathic allergy testing work well?

Does naturopathic allergy testing work well?

Buyer be ware.: There are many practitioners out there that are doing things that they call allergy testing that don't have any basis in science or reality. Be sure you see a board certified allergist for evaluation for allergy to be sure you are getting the best possible care! ...Read more

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Does naturopathic allergy testing really work?

Does naturopathic allergy testing really work?

I'm not convinced: I had naturopathic allergy testing and clearing for my "sugar" allergy. I remain unconvinced and frankly a bit appalled at the audacity of the technique. That's my opinion. ...Read more

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Dr. How to test for food allergies? How does allergy testing work in general? And what about non food allergy testing?

Dr. How to test for food allergies? How does allergy testing work in general? And what about non food allergy testing?

Two kinds: Of allergy testing - blood test for antibody levels and skin prick test (a small amount of the substance placed on a sharp tip that is pressed against the skin). The skin test is more likely to correlate with real allergy, however remember w both methods it can only suggest a possible allergy. Would leave interpretation up to ur allergist. ...Read more

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How can allergy testing work?

How can  allergy testing work?

Skin prick testing: There are several ways to do skin testing, but this is how it's done in my office: https://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=rv29bqdpaoc&list=uuhbdgetayj63q1tsyr1yykg&index=9. ...Read more

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Dizzyness after allergy testing. I have work in an hour and I can't pick my head up. ?

Rush to ER: You need to call 911 to get you to the ER. This sounds like an anaphylactic reaction. Don't delay another second. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more