WHAT IS A ALLERGY ?

An Allergy happens when your immune system responds abnormally to foreign substances, similar to dust, pollen cat dander. In the event that you come into contact with something to which you are allergic susceptible (called an allergen), you may have, symptoms, side effects, for example, tingling or sniffling. This is called a allergic reaction.

 

Allergy Skin Test

Qualified and certified allergists are prepared and trained specialists in Allergy testing and deal with all parts of test analysis. This expertise is critical because of the various variables that influence Allergy test results. On the off chance that these subtleties are missed or inaccurately translated, patients may not get the best treatment to mitigate their manifestations and symptoms.

Skin tests for Allergic disorders have been in presence since the 1860s. Today, allergists use prick-or-cut tests as indicative and diagnostic guides. These tests are not obtrusive, invasive and for most allergens, they for the most part produce quick results. On the off chance that the aftereffects of prick-or-cut tests are negative, the specialist may continue with intradermal tests. These tests give allergists more insights, details about the underlying symptoms.

After any skin test, the allergist watches the range of the skin for 15 minutes to check whether a response, reaction develop. The “wheal”— a raised, red, bothersome knock and encompassing “flare”— shows the presence of the allergy antibody response of the particular allergens to which the patient was exposed. The measure of the wheal and flare is specifically identified with the patient’s affectability, sensitivity to the allergen.

Despite the fact that skin testing may appear to be basic, prepared specialists who see all variables and dangers must direct the procedure.

Steps should include:

  • After evaluating the patient’s medicinal history and performing a physical exam, the allergist figures out whether Allergy skin testing is fitting for the patient and does not put the patient at danger. In a few, dangers may incorporate serious, anaphylaxis, hypersensitivity or an asthma attack.
  • A qualified nurse performs skin test under the supervision of the allergist.
  • The allergist by and by studies the skin tests. In assessing the test responses, he or she perceives a few variables that lead to appropriate interpretation.

How both types of tests are administered:

  • Prick-or-puncture: A weakened, diluted allergen is applied with a prick or a puncture on the surface of the skin.
  • Kind of Test? Utilizing a 26-to 30-guage (slim) needle, a diluted allergen is injected under the skin surface.

Allergy skin testing is done to discover to what foreign substances a person may be allergic.

FAQ’S

What happens if the skin test shows I have allergies?

Your allergist will make program for dealing with your allergy. This incorporates the anticipation and treatment of side effects and symptoms. The treatment may incorporate these strides:
1. Avoid or limit contact with your allergens. For instance, in the event that you are allergic to bugs, dust mites, lessen and reduce the mess that gathers dust in your home.
2. Take medicine to ease your side effects. Your allergist may prescribe medications, for example, antihistamines, decongestants, nose (nasal) showers or eye drops.
3. The allergist may suggest allergy shots. This is recommended when patients can't avoid allergen. The regimen of shots contains a small measure of the allergen yet increments with each progressive treatment. After some time, your body gets comfortable with the allergen and didn't really responds or react to it.

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