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How To Know If You Have Allergies

Your doctor or medical consultant can diagnose allergies in different ways.

First, your doctor or medical consultant will ask questions about your symptoms and carry out a physical test. They can also ask about anything unusual you may have consumed recently and any substances you may have come in contact with. For instance, if you have a rash on your hands, your doctor or medical consultant may ask if you wore latex gloves of recent.

Lastly, a blood test and skin test can confirm or diagnose allergens that your medical doctor suspects you may have developed.

Allergy blood test

Your doctor or medical consultant may carry out a blood test. Your blood will be tested for the presence of allergy causing antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE). These are cells that react to allergens. Your doctor will use this blood test to confirm a diagnosis if they are worried about the potential for a possible serious allergic reaction.

Skin test

Your doctor or medical consultant may also refer you to an allergist for testing and treatment. A skin test is a common type of allergy test carried out by a professional known as allergist.

During this test, your skin is scratched with small needles containing potential allergens. Your skin’s response is then observed. If you are allergic to a particular substance, your skin will become red and inflamed.

Various tests may be needed to diagnose all your potential allergies.

Preventing symptoms

There is no way to prevent allergies. But there are different ways to prevent the symptoms from occurring. The best way to prevent allergy symptoms is to avoid the allergens that trigger them.

Avoidance is the most effective way to prevent food allergy symptoms from occurring. An elimination diet can help you determine the cause of your allergies so you know how to prevent them. Thoroughly read food labels and ask questions while dining out to aid in preventing allergic reactions.

Preventing seasonal, contact and other allergies has to do with knowing where the allergens are located and how to avoid them. If you are allergic to dust for instance, you can help reduce symptoms by installing proper air filters in your home, getting your air ducts cleaned professionally and dusting your home regularly.

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