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What is allergy testing and should you opt for it?

What is allergy testing and should you opt for it?

Allergy can be defined as a condition when your immune system behaves abnormally to external elements. It can be specified as allergy happens when your own immune system overreacts to foreign elements. An external substance such as pollen is a common allergen that causes your immune system to behave unnaturally, resulting in an allergy. The symptoms may be-

  • Sneezing.
  • Runny Nose.
  • Watery and Itchy Eyes.
  • Blocked Sinuses.

To assess the allergy type’s allergy test is very important. The test is performed by specialists to detect whether this allergic reaction has been caused by a known foreign substance or not. 

Allergens’ types:

Allergy can occur from several elements, and interestingly it varies from man to man. Suppose you are allergic to seafood, but someone may not show any allergic reaction after consuming seafood. The most common types of allergens are-

  • Pollen.
  • Edible things like seafood, peanuts, soy, etc.
  • Certain substances can cause allergy-like poison ivy. The reaction happens if your skin contact with particular elements.

How is the test performed?

The test commonly includes a skin test, blood test and some food elimination. A skin test is necessary as it helps in detecting several potential allergens like contact allergens, or food-related reactions or airborne ones. The test comprises 3 types of skin tests- patch test, intradermal test and scratch test.

A blood test is usually performed to identify if your doctor found the severe skin allergy. And last, an elimination diet helps your physician to detect which food causes the allergy.

Why is it important?

If you are noticing continuous allergy or severe allergy after a certain event, then you should consult with your doctor. An allergy test is necessary to assess why your body reacts and showing allergies. Allergy testing is performed to determine which particular element (Which type of pollen, or molds or other elements) your immune system are showing the reaction.