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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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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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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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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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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

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How does allergy testing work? Trying to find out if I'm allergic to a scent - skin issues or food that triggers it?

How does allergy testing work? Trying to find out if I'm allergic to a scent - skin issues or food that triggers it?

Blood test: An allergist will recommend blood tests geared at categories or specific substances you may be allergic to. They may do an oral or contact challenge to see how bad your reactions are. The best recommendation is to see an Allergist and get the best treatment and diagnosis. ...Read more

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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

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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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I had blood allergy testing and nothing came up as a sensitivity but my immunoglobulin E result was <2. What can this mean? Cortisol is 0.9 as well

I had blood allergy testing and nothing came up as a sensitivity but my immunoglobulin E result was <2.  What can this mean? Cortisol is 0.9 as well

Inconclusive: High IgE levels may be seen in people with lots of allergies, hit there other causes. People with aited number of allergies can have normal IgE levels also so the test has very low sensitivity for proving or disproving an allergy condition. Specific antigen testing by blood test also can miss allergies. Skin testing may be more sensitive. Discuss with an allergist. ...Read more

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Does allergy testing detect all allergies?

Does allergy testing detect all allergies?

No: Appropriate allergy testing is guided by the patients history and physical examination. Based upon this one's allergist will make a decision what to be tested for. The test, particularly for outdoor allergens is based upon the common allergens is that particular agricultural zone. Does this mean that all allergens will be tested no. ...Read more

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Cost of food allergy testing?

Cost of food allergy testing?

Can't really answer: The cost of food allergy testing will vary depending upon what is tested for, how it is tested ( skin test vs blood work) and how many tests are done. ...Read more

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Is food allergy testing accurate?

Is food allergy testing accurate?

Sort of: Food Allergy is diagnosed by taking a thorough history and then confirming the history through skin and/or blood test. Random skin and /or blood test for food allergy in the absence of appropriate clinical history is not very accurate. ...Read more

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Is allergy testing on skin safe?

Is allergy testing on skin safe?

Yes: but only when the proper precautions are taken. For example, one should be tested to the prick method first before intradermal skin testing is done if the prick test was negative. Even then , anaphylaxis may rarely occur. Is it 100% safe? Nothing is. Is it 99% safe, yes when done by a board certified allergist/ENT. ...Read more

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What doctors will do allergy testing?

What doctors will do allergy testing?

Allergists: The best physician to seek out is a board certified allergist. This physicians will have completed 2-3 years of specialized training in allergy. Unfortunately today many unscrupulous individuals will skin test anyone but they dont have the expertise to understand what they are testing for and what the results mean. ...Read more

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Is allergy testing safe for a 4 month old?

Yes: Prick skin testing is a safe and benign procedure performed by a certified allergist and can be done at any age. ...Read more

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How is nut allergy testing, de-sensitizing done?

Orally in small incr: Nut desensitization is still not approved by the fda. Nut allergen is given orally in progressively larger doses, starting from a dose that does not cause systemic reactions. Progressive doses cause a desensitization, actual tolerance after discontinuation of daily doses may or may not develop. Standardized extracts for use in practice are not in use today. ...Read more

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What allergy testing can be done for 4 month old?

What allergy testing can be done for 4 month old?

Not very helpful: Almost all 4mo will be noisy breathers & react to irritants in the air the way we think about allergies. This "pepper effect" is more mechanical & responds to nasal saline wash out & avoiding fragrance, dust, smoke & the like. Some blood tests and pin prick tests can be done, but rarely give consistent results & then only about food allergies. Air born studies are seldom helpful < 4yo. ...Read more

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Allergy testing babies; how old do they need to be?

Allergy testing babies; how old do they need to be?

Any age: Anyone can be tested at any age. This issue is what is being tested for. Typically the very young food allergy or some indoor allergens are suspected as allergens. In an infant only a handful of skin test would be appropriate, . ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as allergy testing for migraines?

Is there such a thing as allergy testing for migraines?

Migraine & allergy: Great question, actually. A large number of people have migraines (up to 10%), and even more have allergies (25%). Migraines and allergies each have their own triggers. So we don't generally do allergy tests for migraine patients' headaches. But, a migraine sufferer who also has allergies should have them treated, because they can aggravate migraines and decrease quality of life significantly. ...Read more

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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