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Home allergy tests

ALLERGY SELF-TEST KITS

If you are curious to discover whether you are sensitized to a few of the major allergens such as house dust mites, grass pollen or cat dander you can try a self-test kit testing for IgE.

An allergy self-test kit involves you taking a small blood sample from your fingertip and performing the simple test yourself. Typically, instructions and everything you need is included in the kit. If the test has been performed according to the instructions, you will be abale to see the results shortly after.

HOME ALLERGY TEST RESULTS

Home allergy testing shows sensitization and can be a first step to finding out if you have an allergy. It doesn’t diagnose allergy. Remember, any test has to be interpreted by a doctor alongside your unique medical background and your symptoms.

WHAT IS SENSITIZATION?

Sensitization is the first step of developing allergy. Allergic reactions do not happen the first time you encounter an allergen. First, your immune system has to meet the allergen. For example, by being stung by a bee. Then your immune system memorizes the particular structure of the allergen so that it can produce specific IgE antibodies against it. This process is called sensitization.

SENSITIZED BUT NOT ALLERGIC

Some people have developed IgE antibodies for a specific allergen, but when they come into contact with the trigger again, they don’t experience any allergy symptoms. These people are sensitized but not allergic. In other words, their immune system is sensitive to an allergen or allergens, but they don’t experience any symptoms of allergy.

Sensitised or allergic?
What's the difference?

Typical symptoms of an allergic reaction might include...

Pollen allergy

Blocked, stuffy nose, itcchy, watery eyes,

requent sneezing, runny nose.

Dust mite allergy

Blocked, stuffy nose. Itchy, watery eyes. Frequent sneezing,
Runny nose, headache, tiredness in the morning, dry or sore throat,
coughing, shortness of breath, skin reactions.

Pet allergy

Blocked, stuffy nose, itcchy, watery eyes,

requent sneezing, runny nose.

Insect sting allergy

Any symptoms that go beyond the normal sensation of pain, local redness and weals should be taken very seriously. If you're affected you should seek medical attention or call an ambulance as soon as possible.

Mold allergy

Blocked, stuffy nose. Itchy, watery eyes.
Frequent sneezing, runny nose, coughing, asthma.

Food allergy

Bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, skin reactions, itccching.
In severe cases, naphylaxis.

Once you have the results, you’ll have a better idea of what you could be allergic to. And then tackling your allergy symptoms becomes simpler.

IS ALLERGY TESTING WORTHWHILE?

We believe an allergy test can make a difference. We want to give you the information you need so you can make the right decision for you.

Once you have the results, you’ll have a better idea of what you could be allergic to. And then tackling your allergy symptoms becomes simpler.

The results from your allergy testing can help determine exactly what triggers your symptoms. You’re then set up to take measures to avoid those substances. And most importantly you’ll be able to get the most suitable treatment for your allergy.

Allergy Testing

Allergies are on the rise worldwide. But often people with allergy symptoms such as allergic rhinitis haven’t had an allergy test from a doctor. And even fewer people know what allergen or allergens they react to. Some people might not even be aware that the symptoms they’re experiencing are caused by an allergy. Let’s take a look at allergies and allergy testing.

WHAT IS AN ALLERGY?

An allergic reaction takes place when your immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless substance as a threat and takes excessive defensive action. Substances that trigger an allergic reaction are called allergens.

Allergies may affect your family life, work performance, social activities and more. Allergy symptoms can affect your sleep, which can impact your energy levels during the day. And ultimately some allergies can even be life-threatening.

Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing

Symptoms

Itchy nose or eyes
Cold Allergies
Rarely
Usually
Color and texture of mucus
Cold Allergies
Can become yellowish or greenish and quite thick
Usually clear and watery
Sore Throat
Cold Allergies
Rarely
Usually
Achy muscles and pain
Cold Allergies
Sometimes
Not usually
Raised temperature or fever
Cold Allergies
Sometimes
Very unlikely

Characteristics

How long the symptoms last
Cold Allergies
Usually about 1 week.
Sometime as long as 2 or 3 weeks.
Last as long as you're exposed to your triggers. For example, if you react to pollen, symptoms can last many weeks during the season.
When symptoms appear
Cold Allergies
Gradually over a few days.
Soon after being exposed to the allergen.
Symptoms only show in certain situations
Cold Allergies
Once you have a cold you have symptoms no matter where you are.
If you 're experiencing symptoms when you're outside, in a specific place or have contact with an animal, then it might be allergies.

Did you Know...?

  • The term “hay fever” was first used early in the 19th century to describe a condition believed to be a form of a summer cold Symptoms coincided with the hay harvest so it was assumed that hay was the underlying cause
  • Before the Industrial Revolution, hay fever was not common at all
  • Today, hay fever affects around 5 million people in the UK
  • 10-30% of all adults and up to 40% of children have hay fever