The Types of Allergy Tests

    Monday, 07 July 2014 14:12  Blog

Photo of allergist looking at allergy testing If you suffer from allergies, you are probably curious about what exactly causes your specific problems. Allergy testing can help you to get to the bottom of the cause of your symptoms. Whether you get red, itchy eyes when you go outside during springtime, or you can't pet a cat without become extremely itchy, these thorough examinations can help you discover what exactly is causing your issue. Depending on the nature of your reaction, a different examination may be more appropriate for your needs. There are two main types of examinations that can be conducted.

Skin Test

During this examination, different allergens will be placed on your skin. The doctor will take note of the reactions that you exhibit. There are a few types of skin allergy tests that can be conducted. The intradermal exam involves injecting an allergen into the skin. The prick test is conducted by putting a small allergen solution onto the skin. Needle pricks or scratches are made to allow small amount of the allergen to get into the skin. Skin patches can also be placed onto the skin for extended periods of time to reveal skin allergies.

This type of allergy testing leads to on-the-spot results where your skin may or may not react within a few minutes to the allergens you are exposed too.

Blood Test

Your blood can be analyzed for substances that may cause allergic reactions. Skin testing is the more common form of examination, but blood allergy tests are common for people who have an existing skin condition, or people who are unable to stop taking a certain medication. This test is a bit more comfortable for patients considering that the allergens are not being directly exposed to the skin, but this also means that results may take a while longer to return from your doctors lab.

The results of your examination can reveal what kind of treatment you that you may benefit you best. Consult your doctor today to learn more about which allergy tests will be right for you.

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