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Test For Allergies
Skin test or labs: The most sensitive test to diagnose allergy is an allergy skin test performed by an allergist. These tests will be interpreted in the context of your medical history and symptoms (for example, what time of the year and with what exposures you have symptoms). Sometimes allergy blood tests can be used, but they are not as sensitive at picking up allergy as are the skin tests. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
Probably not: Initial allergy testing is called prick testing and does not involve using needles. If intradermal testing is required then needles will be used. ...Read more
I have eczema which comes back every year or so. I suspect I have allergies too. Should I test for allergy & if so what test should I do?
See an allergist: For evaluation, allergy testing is part of the evaluation, but not the full answer, good history and physical examination, together with allergy testing and other studies if needed, would be helpful. Good luck ...Read more
Yes: Yes, blood can be sent to test for allergies, however the "gold standard" is allergy skin testing. This identifies the important allergens in your area, and also demonstrates that the patient reacts to those allergens. If the skin is so irritated, or you cannot stop taking antihistamines or cannot cooperate with skin testing, blood tests are used as an alternative method. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there way to test whether allergy shot is working or not? My atopic dermatitis is getting worse, i don't know what to do . Stop it or keep getting
Allergy shot: It all depends what allergy shot you are speaking about. A steroid shot or a combination of pollens/allergens you are reactive to? The latter in some cases may cause an initial worsening in symptoms before it takes effect and start reducing your symptoms. Several studies have shown they work on the long run to control eczema. Discuss the issue with your allergist. I do not recommend steroid shots. ...Read more
Nighttime sneezing: Typically night time sneezing paroxysms are related to allergies to things found in the bedroom. This includes dust mites, feather pillows, animal dander from pets allowed in the bedroom. An allergist can quickly (result in 20 minutes) and accurately test a person for allergies and develop a treatment plan. ...Read more
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