Every year, there are approximately 200,000 emergency incidents caused by allergic reactions, many of which involve children. There is only one sure-fire way to curb these incidents – testing for allergies. Allergy tests are quick, relatively painless and available at most diagnostic labs.
Testing for allergens usually includes both a skin test and a blood test and, in some cases, a “Challenge Test.” If done correctly, the skin and blood tests can successfully identify a patient’s allergies. However, if the test results do not match with the reaction, a challenge test may be performed. A challenge test occurs when a patient ingests certain foods under the supervision of a physician to see if a reaction occurs.
When meeting with a physician to discuss your allergies, you will be asked several questions regarding your medical history and allergy history. The physician will want to know the symptoms you experience during a reaction, and the length of time these symptoms last. From there, your doctor will send you to a lab to get your allergen test results.
Food allergies can be a complex and confusing diagnosis. The only known “cure’’ for a food allergy is strict avoidance of the food that causes a reaction. However, over time many people have been known to “grow out” of their food allergies. Regardless, it is important to get checked regularly; while you may outgrow one allergy, it is possible to develop another one. If you’re wondering if you should get tested or re-tested, speak with a medical professional about the severity and frequency of your reactions.
While allergic reactions can be alarming, preventing them is easy. We have over 40 allergen tests for all ages available at our facilities to give you the most accurate solution possible. Visit our testing page to find out which option is best for you.