Allergies cause an immune system response to contact with a substance (known as an ‘allergen’) to which the body has become hypersensitive. Commonly, dust, pollen, fur or a particular food will induce an allergic response, where symptoms can range from itchy, watery eyes to sneezing, and from a rash to anaphylactic shock.
Knowing and understanding your allergens can help with the development of a specific treatment plan to anticipate triggers and eradicate the allergy without requiring long-term medications. Overall, testing for allergies can significantly improve day to day life and, depending on the severity of the allergy, avoid life-threatening reactions.
At GlobMed, we work with world-leading allergy specialists and clinics to provide a personalised approach and transform the lives of allergy sufferers.
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A blood test for allergies is a specific test, as it measures antibodies in the blood known as IgE. This testing solution is recommended where a known, severe allergic reaction could occur upon exposure to the allergen.Read More
Often it becomes nearly impossible to avoid exposure to allergens that trigger your allergic response, such as bee venom or grass pollen. Allergy immunotherapy or desensitisation therapy entails specific allergen exposure with the aim of long-term desensitisation.Read More
The intradermal skin test is carried out if the clinician suspects an allergy is still a possibility despite a negative skin prick test. For example, this is often used to assess a venom allergy.Read More
A patch test is often used to detect skin inflammation reaction to an allergen (contact dermatitis). This is commonly the case where an allergic reaction is delayed and takes several days to produce a result.Read More
The skin prick test is carried out to assess immediate allergic reactions to various substances and is commonly performed to identify allergies to pollen, dust, dander and other foods. This test is usually performed on the forearm, where small marks can be drawn to identify each test antigen.Read More