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Allergies

12 Jan

 

A lot many of us have allergies but a very few are aware of them, and what causes them.

Recently a loved one had a very severe allergy and did not even know in her 30 some years life that she was allergic to that specific thing.

Allergy Blood testing is a simple procedure and all who think they are allergic to something should take it!

The Test

How is it used?

The allergen-specific IgE antibody test is a blood test used to screen for an allergy to a specific substance or substances if a person presents with acute or chronic allergy-like symptoms. This is especially true if symptoms are recurrent and appear to be tied to triggers, such as exposures to particular foods or environments, and if other family members are known to have allergies.

A variety of different types of allergy tests may be performed by exposing a person to different substances under careful medical supervision .The usefulness of these tests, however, can be affected by skin conditions, such as significant dermatitis or eczema, and by medications, such as histamines and some anti-depressant. With some tests there is also the potential for severe reactions, including a severe reaction that may be life-threatening. In these cases, the allergen-specific IgE antibody test may be ordered as an alternative, as it is performed on a blood sample and does not have an effect on the person being tested.

The allergen-specific IgE antibody test may also be done to monitor immunotherapy (desensitization) or to see if a child has outgrown an allergy. It can only be used in a general way, however, as the level of IgE present does not correlate to the severity of an allergic reaction, and someone who has outgrown an allergy may have a positive IgE for many years afterward.

When is it ordered?

One or more allergen-specific IgE antibody tests are usually ordered when a person has signs or symptoms that suggest an allergy to one or more substances. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Hives
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Red itchy eyes
  • Coughing, nasal congestion, sneezing
  • Asthma
  • Itching and tingling in the mouth
  • Abdominal pain, or vomiting and diarrhea

A test may also be ordered occasionally to help evaluate the effectiveness of immunotherapy or to determine whether a person has outgrown an allergy.

What does the test result mean?

Negative results indicate that a person probably does not have a “true allergy,” an IgE-mediated response to that specific allergen,

Elevated results usually indicate an allergy, but even if the specific IgE test is positive, a person may or may not ever have an actual physical allergic reaction when exposed to that substance.

So do consult a doctor immediately after a test and being a naturopath I would suggest, take1 tspn of honey with luke warm water thrice a day.

Healthy living 🙂

Sadaf

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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in healing, health

 

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