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An allergy specialist performs the exam to determine that the body is reactive to any known substance is known as Allergy Testing. The examination can be done in many ways such as blood tests, skin tests, or diet elimination, etc. When the immune system of an individual overreacts to something in the environment such as pollens and molds. This phenomenon of overreaction can lead to:
There are primarily 3 types of allergens:
There aren’t many preparations needed before performing Allergy Testing. The doctor may ask to stop a few medications if an individual is on them such as:
However, pleases consult an Allergist and get proper instructions before undergoing any allergy test.
There are mainly 3 methods for Allergy Testing:
Generally, allergy tests cause itching and redness at the site of the testing, but eventually, it goes back to normal after a few hours to a few days. On rare occasions, the test done for allergy produces immediate and severe consequences that require medical attention as soon as possible. Due to these reasons, Allergy Testing should be performed in a medical office or lab where all the medical facilities are available including epinephrine that is used to treat anaphylaxis shock and save the patient from a life-threatening acute allergic reaction.
After Allergy Testing is completed, the doctor will determine the allergen and make a treatment plan that can avoid the overreaction caused to the body and their symptoms as well. The doctor can also suggest a few medications to get the symptomatic relief from the allergens.