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How Reliable Are Fingerstick Blood Tests
How reliable are blood tests that look for monoclonal gammopathy in elevated ImM levels ? Are false negatives possible?
Is immunicap testing reliable for allergy in kids with severe excema?
He already did skin prick and blood tests for specific allergies
ImmunoCap=blood test: Immunocap is the name of the blood test most frequently used to diagnose allergies by detecting specific ige antibodies. One major lab still uses different technology. If the technology used for your child was not immunocap, there could be a chance that repeating the blood test will help, but if both tests were already neg, it probably won't. Both foods and inhalants should be checked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are blood tests for allergy/IgE levels to foods considered reliable? Paranoid over certain foods and want to put fears to rest and liberalize my diet.
False positives: If the result of either the Allergy skin test or specific IgE test is negative then it's very reliable. Positive results on the other hand are only accurate 40-60% of the time so would need to be matched with specific allergy symptoms upon eating the food in question. Screening for a bunch of foods without a thorough history is therefore frowned upon. Testing for Celiac somewhat different. ...Read more
Opinion varies: The opinions of experts will vary. You may benefit from having fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, hdl, ldl, triglycerides and a cbc. Depending on the interests of the person recommending the test, age of the patient, and any symptoms, other tests for thyroid, liver and kidney may be added. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In the last 2 blood tests my level of erythrocytes was:
5.25 x 1, 000, 000/mm3 in the year 2011
5.5 x 1, 000, 000/mm3 in the year 2012
i have to worry?
Depends: If you are healthy and on no medication and no real family history of anything serious or genetic, a fasting glucose and cholesterol panel should be done about three to five years at your age and blood pressure check once a year. Most insurances now, by law, are required to allow you to get a physical and blood work yearly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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