Health and Fitness

Allergy Testing – An Overview

All of us may have some sort of allergy to a specific substance or type of food. Food allergy testing can help you to know the things you are allergic to and which you should avoid.

Allergies can lead to various problems like asthma. So it becomes very important to recognize the problem and get it treated. You should also know how to keep yourself away from such things.

You can also get more information about allergy tests through various online sources.

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There are various kinds of allergy tests. The most effective test among all the tests is the skin prick test. In this test, a drop of the substance is placed on the patient’s forearm or back. Then the skin is pricked so that the substance could enter the skin.

Within 15 minutes if a mosquito bite-like bump is formed on the area which is pricked then the patient is allergic to that substance. This sort of allergy test is usually performed by a physician or consultant.

Another allergy test method is the radioallergosorbent test(RAST). In this test, a blood sample is sent to a medical laboratory, and it is tested with certain foods. This is done to determine whether the patient is allergic to certain foods or not.

Apart from these two conventional allergy tests, there are several other natural alternatives such as auricular reflex(ACR). In this test, the doctor checks the pulse of the patient when something is consumed by him/her.

Food intolerance can be difficult to access at times as the symptoms may appear after some time from the consumption. So, it is recommended to consult a doctor if you feel something wrong with your body after the consumption of anything.