These tests are done to find out if you are allergic to a specific substance (allergen) and to determine proper prevention and treatment.
Allergy testing is done to find out if you are allergic to a specific substance (allergen) and to determine proper prevention and treatment. Some common allergens include insect bites, mold, pollen, latex or animal dander. The testing can also be done to find the possible cause of certain conditions (asthma, hay fever and skin irritation). Two methods of allergy testing are skin tests and blood tests.
Most people with allergies do not need allergy tests. In most cases, your healthcare provider can determine the cause of your symptoms by taking a careful history and performing a physical examination. If your symptoms cannot be controlled with the medications or avoidance, you may be referred to a trained specialist (such as an allergist-immunologist) for allergy testing. He or she will review your medical history and do a physical examination. Keeping a daily diary of your symptoms may also be recommended.
Prior to having allergy testing, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Also ask about medications you should not take before skin testing.
Skin testing can't be done under some circumstances, such as when you're taking a medication that may interfere with the results or if you have certain skin conditions, such as eczema. In those cases, blood tests may be done instead.
This care path includes the costs of an office visit, fifty scratch tests and fourteen intradermal tests. The number of units billed by your healthcare provider may deviate from this. In order to accurately determine your costs, ask your healthcare provider how many of each allergy tests he or she is going to perform.
When you are seeing a healthcare provider about allergy testing, be prepared to discuss your symptoms, how long you have had them and what makes them worse or better.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider.
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