Posted on Apr 18, 2012 in Food & drink, Health & safety, Science & nature
Every year around this time, my eyes start running more than Carl Lewis. and I sneeze like a hyperactive air compressor. I’d really like to find out what’s causing my allergic reaction so I can make it STOP.
Disclaimer: We aren’t doctors. Any and all advice here is just that… advice. Consult with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
If your allergies are seriously affecting your life, and popping a Claritin or Benadryl just isn’t cutting it, perhaps it’s time to consider finding out what is causing you so much distress so you can avoid it or treat it properly. The best way to go about doing this it to have your healthcare provider or an allergist perform an allergy test.
No, you don’t need to study, bring a number two pencil, or fill in any little bubbles. However, courtesy of the US National Library of Medicine, here’s some suggested reading before you go talk to your doc.
To summarize, there are four basic kinds of allergy testing:
Keep in mind, allergy testing is not the end all, be all solution. False positives and negatives can be generated, and you may find what you’re allergic to isn’t something that can easily avoided. However, armed with knowledge, you can make choices that should be able to ease your suffering and get you thinking about investing in something other than tissue manufacturers.
>> What are the most common allergies?
Much more information about allergy testing can be found online. You can start with the article About allergy tests from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), and What is allergy testing? from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
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