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Allergy Testing: Blood Test vs Skin Test

allergy testing: blood test vs skin test

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Ever wonder what’s causing your allergy symptoms; could it be the changing of the seasons or the peanuts you ate? Not knowing what you’re allergic to can be both dangerous and bothersome. Luckily, allergy testing is more accurate and convenient than ever before. So, why muddle through another year of allergies when you could know EXACTLY what you are allergic to.

Here are some things you should know before considering an allergy test.

How is Allergy Testing Done?
Allergists will use a blood test or skin test to identify what you are allergic to.

Blood Test vs. Skin Test
There are two types of skin tests. One will prick the surface of the skin with a suspected allergen. The other version will inject suspected allergens under the skin. Skin tests can test for multiple allergens at once. It is important to note that this test is not very popular with kids.

Blood tests are a faster and safer alternative. This test uses one blood sample to identify the source of your allergy symptoms. Plus this test is usually better for kids.

When should you get an Allergy test?
This chart describes common allergy symptoms. Take a look and see if you need to get an allergy test.

Allergy Symptoms Chart

Common Allergens

Most people are shocked to find out they are allergic to pollen, pet dander, or certain foods. Allergy tests can find allergens such as mold, pollen, pet dander, food, insect bites, etc.

Instead of gearing up for allergy season, it’s time to start asking the real question – what am I allergic to? Premier Medical offers the latest testing and treatment for allergy patients. Make an appointment today with one of our ENT physicians.

Resources:
http://acaai.org/allergies/treatment/allergy-testing
https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/allergy-testing

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