Allergies are overreaction of the immune system to harmless allergens as intruders. The release of inflammatory messengers due to this dysfunction ends up in irritating allergy symptoms.
The most common symptoms that everyone is familiar with include:
But the list doesn’t stop there. Below are lesser-known symptoms that are also strong indicators of allergic symptoms.
Together with your medical history, allergy test results may be able to confirm whether or not a particular substance you touch, breathe or eat is causing symptoms. There are several ways to test for airborne and food allergies: skin and blood.
Allergy Skin Tests
Skin testing for allergies is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy symptoms. It is often performed by exposing your skin to suspected allergy-causing substances (allergens) and is then observed for signs of an allergic reaction. There are three types of skin test for allergies:
Allergy Blood Testing – RAST Or ELISA
A blood test called RAST (radioallergosorbent) or ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbant Assay) measures the levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE), or immunoglobulin G (IgG) key antibodies that are released during an allergic reaction. The blood test is non-invasive and can be done along with your routine blood tests.
Blood testing for allergies is another good option for you if:
One problem with the IgE and IgG blood test for allergies is that it may not be sensitive enough. This means that the tests often are negative or undetectable even when you are symptomatic when you are exposed to the allergens. In the event that your allergy tests show undetectable or negative results, but you are symptomatic, our Sublingual Immunotherapy for airborne allergies may still be the best option for you.
If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, don’t let allergies effect your quality of life any longer.
Call our office at 760-944-9300 to find out if our allergy treatment program is right for you!
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