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Allergy Common Reed Grass Enzyme Assay Skin


Allergy Common Reed Grass Enzyme Assay Skin

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What is this test?

The Common Reed is native to Eurasia and Africa, but is now widespread through much of the world, including the United States, Mexico, the West Indies, Chile, Argentina, and Australia. Common reed pollen can induce asthma, allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis. Common Reed is a tall, warm-season, bamboo-like, perennial, sod-forming grass. This grass grows in marshes, swamps and other wet wastelands, and along streams, lakes, ponds and ditches. Reeds are very commonly used for thatching and for making partitions, fences, coarse mats, carrying nets, baskets, rope, sandals, pens, brooms, lattices, and arrows. The test undertaken to test for a common reed grass allergy is called skin prick test. Here, a needle is pricked on the forearm of the person with a small amount of the allergen, which is the common reed in this case. The test is done is specialised allergy testing centres, full service testing centres or at a clinic or hospital. A part of the skin on your arm is chosen as the site, which is cleaned by rubbing alcohol. After this, the needle is injected. The skin is observed for a period of time to see if it shows any reaction to the allergen. Traditional allergy tests utilize the Skin Prick method (also known as a Puncture or Scratch test) to determine whether an allergic reaction will occur by inserting possible triggers into your skin using a needle prick. If you are allergic to the substance, you are forced to suffer through your body's reaction to the allergen.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for Allergy Common Reed Grass Enzyme Assay Skin. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Allergy Common Reed Grass Enzyme Assay Skin. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

Understanding your test results

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsA wheal and flare reaction of atleast 3mm indicates that the patient is allergic to the substance
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