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Immunocap Allergy Testing
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
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
In regards to intradermal allergy testing, what do these results mean: ragweed 15/24 and tree mix 6/12?
Intradermal testing: These are measurements in mm of the wheal and flare response indicating that you are allergic to these two seasonal allergens. ...Read more
My allergy testing even for saline was +1-, but some foods came out + and -. Should I still trust the test?
Yes: provided the tests were done properly and the allergens were not outdated. When the test result is questionable, it is usually unimportant. If you have had problem with a food but the test is negative, then a challenge test may be needed if you cannot avoid that food. ...Read more
What do you recommend if I had her iron tested, she's done the extensive allergy testing with no result. any advice?
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
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