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Know Yourself: The Importance Of Having An Allergy Test

by Stella Robinson

Do you react to certain foods or environmental conditions? Medically, this is described as an allergic reaction. Allergies are foreign substances which, when introduced into the body, cause abnormal body functioning. They lead to the production of antibodies countering the foreign substance as a defense mechanism. 

As a result, it initiates physical effects like rashes, sneezing, or coughing. It is important to get medically checked to ascertain the allergic components you react to and be advised on the mitigation measures.

Common Types of Allergies

There are several allergic reactions in the medicine world. Some of them are outlined below:

  • Drugs: This is when absorption of the medicine into the body leads to an abnormal reaction. Some of the drugs people react to are sulfur-based drugs that they are advised to avoid as a remedy and instead use a sulfur-free alternative.

  • Food allergies: These are typically caused by foods ingested into the body. They lead to intolerances as a way of the body's reactions.

  • Insects: Some venomous insect bites can cause unusual reactions to the body. The most common reactions are by stinging insects such as wasps and bees.

  • Pollen: this occurs when people get exposed to fresh pollen in the air. It affects their respiratory system, which initiates an allergic reaction as a countermeasure, mostly sneezing. 

The Importance of Allergy Testing

Allergy tests are essential; they enable you to know the causative agent triggering the reaction affecting you and then establishes its treatment. Additionally, it provides prophylactic measures, especially in cases that might lead to death. 

The Methods of Allergy Testing

It is prudent to have yourself tested for an allergic reaction when you feel or experience symptoms that mimic an allergic reaction. Some of the ways used to ascertain allergic reaction include:

  • A blood test: Here, a blood sample is obtained and scanned for the antibodies present to determine the cause of the reaction. It is common with diet-associated allergy testing.

  • Patch testing: This method is for diagnosing reactions on the skin caused by cosmetics or jewelry. The skin reactions are tracked for approximately 3 to 4 days, analyzed, and the causative agent determined.

  • Intradermal testing: This involves an injection into the outermost skin layer on the arm. The method is common among adults, and the results are typically found between 20 minutes to 48 hours.

It is wise to make your trip to the nearest health facility before taking any medication for what you think is a reaction. Various tests help determine your aversions for the required treatment. If you have worries about taking any of the tests, seek consultation from your trusted medical practitioner. For more information on allergy tests, contact your doctor.