At XBody Health & Wellness, we perform a wide range of tests to diagnose certain types of allergies. Allergy testing can test for environmental, food, insect, and animal allergies. There are many types of allergy tests available.
Skin prick testing is the most common method of allergy testing. During this test, the skin is slightly pricked while a small drop of allergen is exposed to the skin for about 15-20 minutes. Your skin will be monitored for signs of an allergic reaction, including redness and swelling. This test is usually done to identify allergies to pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites, and foods. Skin prick tests are generally safe for adults and children.
One common blood test in the field of allergy measures Immunoglobulin E (IgE). IgE is an antibody that your immune system develops in reaction to a specific allergen. Allergy blood tests are used to find out if you have an allergy. One type of test called a total IgE test measures the overall number of IgE antibodies in your blood. Another type of allergy blood test called a specific IgE test measures the level of IgE antibodies in response to individual allergens. If your total IgE levels are higher than normal, it likely means you have some kind of allergy. But it does not reveal what you are allergic to. A specific IgE test will help identify your particular allergy.
Food sensitivities are defined as reactions to foods that are more subtle than allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis, but can still contribute to a host of problems such as fatigue, brain fog, skin rashes, acne, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, autoimmune conditions, asthma, diabetes, weight gain and more. Our goal through blood work is to identify which foods our patients have sensitivities to.
Allergen immunotherapy, otherwise known as allergy shots, is a long-term treatment option that lessens the symptoms for patients with allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, and other conditions. Immunotherapy works to decrease a patient’s sensitivity to allergens and can lead to longer lasting relief from allergy symptoms. Many of those symptoms can be treated with allergen-specific immunotherapy (desensitization). Immunotherapy treatments work by exposing the body to injected amounts of an allergen protein, given in gradually increasing doses. This helps the body build a tolerance or immunity to the allergen.
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