Patient discussion about Allergy Tests

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Q. What happens when you get an allergy test?

My doctor told me that I should have an allergy test done. I have had a friend have an allergy test done and she had a bunch of bumps on her arm. My doctor said it was just a simple blood test. Has the test changed? What should I expect? Is it painful?
A1Today, you can check allergy also with a blood test. What you check is the antibodies that your body manufactures. They extract antibodies from the blood and react it to all sort of allergens and see what happens. Here is a more elaborated explanation about it :
http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/allergy/sample.html
A2there are two ways to see if you are allergic to something- 1) inject a small amount from row of allergenic materials under the skin in different places and then see if you have reacted to any of them. 2)take a blood test and look for antibodies for the material. the first one has better successful rates.
A3Here is a nice video that shows how allergy test is preformed:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/allergy-tests/MM00385
this is the only allergy test I know…it’s painful but not too much. getting a tattoo was worse.

Q. How do I diagnose an allergy?

I think I’m allergic to something. I’ve been having running nose, sneezing, and even problems breathing every once in a while. How can I find the cause?
A1There can be thousands of materials that you are allergic to. But usually people are allergic to the same things (cats, pets in general, type of foods and so forth..). what you can do is an allergy test- It’ll cover most of the usual things. Here is a video that explains it:
http://www.5min.com/Video/Allergy-Testing-9036
A2Well, I work as a teacher. And I’ve been having allergy symptoms for a while and couldn’t find out the reason for it. So I changed every couple of days one thing in me life until I found it! It was an expo marker. A specific one they used in the school that I teach :), I stopped using it and now I’m fine! I recommend!
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