Allergy Diagnostic

Allergy diagnostic testing and therapy

Allergies are becoming more and more common in today’s modern society, whether it is hay fever, watery eyes, respiratory problems or skin allergies in the form of itchy rashes or eczema. These symptoms are a reaction to the body’s natural defense system to defend itself against certain, normally harmless, environmental substances (allergens). These consequences can range from a feeling of a slight body reaction to more debilitating conditions.

Diagnosis & Tests

To specifically diagnose an allergy problem and to determine the appropriate treatment, your healthcare practitioner will utilize certain diagnostic tests as well as acquire a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of any signs and symptoms that may be indicative of an allergy.


Diagnosis

Tests

Allergy Testing: The Physical Exam
Diagnosing allergies begins with a detailed evaluation about your daily habits. To be prepared for this testing, it is helpful to have a diary with written responses of any reactions you may have had. This will be helpful in answering questions your doctor will ask you regarding your reactions to any foods or environmental conditions.
Food Allergy Testing
Proper testing of food allergens will assure an accurate evaluation and treatment. Please refer to a list of the most common food allergies to learn your individual needs.
Allergy Symptom Diary
If you have a food allergy, it is important to keep a food diary to keep track of your body’s reaction to eliminate certain foods and determine what you may be allergic too.
Allergy Skin Test
An allergy skin test is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy reactions. Learn more about allergy skin tests, including what happens during the test.
Blood Test for Allergies
See how blood tests are used to diagnose allergies and learn what can interfere with the test.