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How Long Does It Take To Get An Allergy Test Done
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
I'm 28.I recently began sneezing quite frequently. Usually up to 10-15 sneezes maybe 4-5 days /wk. Could it be new allergies? I recently quit chewing tobacco when this started. Should i get an allergy test or pick up otc medicine and take daily?
New allergy? Maybe: Sure it can be a new one. If an OTC works, that's good. If it's not good enough for you, you certainly can be tested. There's no rules. It's up to you and the specifics of your situation. Good insurance can help give some more options than others. Some can only buy tissues and get used to hearing "Bless you!" Good luck! ...Read more
Allergy testing: Allergy skin testing takes a couple of minutes to place the tests and the interpretation is done 20 minutes later. Allergy blood tests typically take a few days up to 1 week to get the results back. Allergy patch testing for allergic contact dermatitis (nickel, fragrance, chemicals, etc) is placed then the interpretation at 2-3 days later and again 1 week later. ...Read more
Call your: Local allergist that does it and ask. ...Read more
Minutes: A trained allergist can place allergy prick skin test in about 2 seconds and interpretation is done at 20 minutes. The multi-test can place 8 tests at a time to make it even quicker. For more information on allergy skin testing go to my blog at : http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2012/10/comfortable-allergy-skin-testing/. ...Read more
I have recently had an allergy test done and it was recommended i need quite a few supplements, i need to know whether i can take all these together?
Which medications should I stop before the allergy test. And for how long should I stop them is it three days or 1 week is vitamins ok to take?
Antihistamines: Vitamins are ok. Primarily it is antihistamines that are the issue, and need to be avoided for a week prior to the test. Some for 5 days, depends on the allergist and the method of testing. Beware of antihistamines now in nasal sprays and eyedrops. Plus certain pysch drugs (notably antidepressants). Tests should include + and - control tests; + control doesn't show positive? Problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Local skin reaction: Percutaneous skin testing involve placing a drop of the allergen on the skin and pricking it. Intradermal testing involves injecting a small amount under the skin and may be done if percutaneous testing is negative. One looks for redness and a raised area (wheal) on the skin. Systemic allergic reactions are extremely rare. An alternative is a blood test for specific ige (rast-type) test. ...Read more
Talk to Doctor: Cost for allergy testing will vary from doctor to doctor and from lab to lab. If cost is a major concern talk with the ordering allergist and really try to zero in on the absolute min number of test(s) needed to provide a treatment plan. ...Read more
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