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 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.
Allergy Testing: The Physical Exam
Diagnosing allergies begins with a detailed evaluation about your daily habits. A helpful hint is to be prepared for your doctor’s visit in anticipation of questions regarding reactions you may have to food or environmental conditions, for example.
Food Allergy Testing
Proper testing of food allergens will assure an accurate evaluation and treatment. See 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 eliminating certain foods and discovering 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.