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Being sent to a certified allergist for a complete allergy and immunology workup. I know what allergy test is but what does immunology work up entail?

Being sent to a certified allergist for a complete allergy and immunology workup. I know what allergy test is but what does immunology work up entail?

Normal immune status: An immune evaluation is undertaken when your allergist is concerned about how well your immune system works. First, we look at antibody levels, IgG and the 4 subclasses, IgA (the most common Ig deficiency) , IgM and IgE (the allergic antibody). We also evaluate specific immune responses to different types of vaccines or illness. Usually tetanus and pneumococcal vaccine. (No room for full answer) ...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


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Allergy test came back highly allergic to all dairy, all wheat, gluten, all yeast, rice, eggs, some fish. Could anything else be wrong?Why so much?

Allergy test came back highly allergic to all dairy, all wheat, gluten, all yeast, rice, eggs, some fish. Could anything else be wrong?Why so much?

Doubtful results: I wonder if you had your test with a board certified allergist, or was it a random blood test you had with another practitioner. It is unlikely for an adult to be allergic to all these items and i stronly doubt the accuracy of these results. I suggest you consult a board certified allergist to discuss your symptoms and determine the indication for specific testing. ...Read more

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Allergy test i took to nuts, fish, milk, soy, was negative. This means, there is no reason for the tongue to swell, and kill me? I have health anxiety

Allergy test i took to nuts, fish, milk, soy, was negative. This means, there is no reason for the tongue to swell, and kill me? I have health anxiety

Allergy tests: The tests you had done were food allergens. Although it is encouraging that they are negative, there are other things you could be allergic to, such as aeroallergens: pollens, grasses, trees, weeds and even animals. Any kind of a reaction to allergen could cause tongue swelling. There are other causes of tongue swelling, but allergies & trauma are most common. Not common to kill, though. ...Read more

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What's involved in an allergy test?

What's involved in an allergy test?

Blood and skin test: Skin test could be done by a plastic applicators or with needles. A drop of an allergen extract is pricked into the skin and, within 15-18 min., a localized hive will emerge if you are allergic to the extract in question. The reaction will subside in 40-60 minutes. The blood test is drawn at a regular lab and takes a few days to come back. Skin test is somewhat more sensitive. ...Read more

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What does an allergy test consist of?

What does an allergy test consist of?

Skin / blood test: Allergy testing can be done by skin testing or blood testing. The allergens tested for will be determined by one's history and geographic location ( different pollens in different areas of the world). ...Read more

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Please help! what happens at an allergy test?

Please help! what happens at an allergy test?

Relax!: Allergy skin testing has come a long way over the years. The procedure is performed by board certified allergists. It typically takes about 2 seconds to place the test ( back or forearm) with results in 20 minutes. A positive test will feel like a mosquito bite. Go to my blog at :http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2012/10/comfortable-allergy-skin-testing/. ...Read more

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What are the steps involved in an allergy test?

What are the steps involved in an allergy test?

Allergy skin test: After the allergist reviews the history and performs an exam the skin test process includes: cleansing the area to be tested with alcohol (back or arms), pressing allergy test device (containing drop of allergen) firmly to the skin for 2 seconds, waiting 20 minutes, then measuring the size of the wheal (bump) and flare (surrounding redness). The area is then wiped clean. Answer in 20 minutes! ...Read more

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What is the best food allergy test?

What is the best food allergy test?

Skin Prick Testing: Food allergies are diagnosed first by getting a detailed clinical history of reaction. If history is concerning then skin prick testing and/or serum IgE testing to concerning foods will be drawn. Skin prick testing usually done first followed by serum testing to follow sensitivity over time. Prick to prick testing with actual food is also helpful to help clarify risk. See Allergist for details. ...Read more

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How much is a penicillin allergy test?

Depends: You should shop around - it can vary by provider, lab and region as well as if you pay cash or use insurance - would recommend calling a company like labcorp or quest for info. ...Read more

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How much does a penicillin allergy test cost?

How much does a penicillin allergy test cost?

Covered by insurance: Testing for penicillin allergy involves skin testing to many of the different components of penicillin (major and minor). This testing is relatively painless and can be done in 2-3 hours. Insurance usually covers such testing. ...Read more