What to expect at a first allergy appointment

Blood tests may be used instead of, or alongside, skin prick tests to assist diagnose common allergies.

A sample of your blood is removed and analysed for specific antibodies produced by your immune system in response to an allergen.


Skin prick testing

Skin prick testing is one of the most common allergy tests.

It involves putting a drop of liquid onto your forearm that contains a substance you may be allergic to.

What to expect at a first allergy appointment

The skin under the drop is then gently pricked.

If you’re allergic to the substance, an itchy, red bump will appear within 15 minutes.

Most people discover skin prick testing not particularly painful, but it can be a little uncomfortable. It’s also extremely safe.

What to expect at a first allergy appointment

Make certain you do not take antihistamines before the test, as they can interfere with the results.


Allergy testing kits

The use of commercial allergy-testing kits isn’t recommended.

These tests are often of a lower standard than those provided by the NHS or accredited private clinics, and are generally considered to be unreliable.

Allergy tests should be interpreted by a qualified professional who has detailed knowledge of your symptoms and medical history.

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What is rhinitis?

Often referred to as nasal allergies, rhinitis occurs when a person inhales allergens.

What to expect at a first allergy appointment

This may lead to nasal itching, sneezing, discharge and stuffiness as well as itching of the ears or roof of mouth. Allergic rhinitis is a common medical problem, affecting over 15 percent of the population.

There are two types of rhinitis: allergic and nonallergic. Allergic rhinitis is often worse during spring and drop, when pollen levels are high.

What to expect at a first allergy appointment

The immune system responds to allergens by releasing chemical mediators and histamine. This leads to symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose and itchy eyes.
One-third of individuals with rhinitis do not suffer from allergies. Nonallergic rhinitis is typically seen in adults and symptoms final year-round.

What to expect at a first allergy appointment

If your doctor concludes that your symptoms are not the result of allergies or another sinus problem, you may own nonallergic rhinitis.


Challenge testing

In a few cases, a test called a food challenge may also be used to diagnose a food allergy.

During the test, you’re given the food you ponder you’re allergic to in gradually increasing amounts to see how you react under shut supervision.

This test is riskier than other forms of testing, as it could cause a severe reaction, but is the most precise way to diagnose food allergies.

And challenge testing is always carried out in a clinic where a severe reaction can be treated if it does develop.


Patch tests

Patch tests are used to investigate a type of eczema known as contact dermatitis, which can be caused by your skin being exposed to an allergen.

A little quantity of the suspected allergen is added to special metal discs, which are then taped to your skin for 48 hours and monitored for a reaction.


Elimination diet

If you own a suspected food allergy, you may be advised to avoid eating a specific food to see if your symptoms improve.

What to expect at a first allergy appointment

After a few weeks, you may then be asked to eat the food again to check if you own another reaction.

Do not attempt to do this yourself without discussing it with a qualified healthcare professional.


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