Many times we suffer from certain allergies but are unable to detect what exactly is the cause of that allergy. In such cases, we must never take the allergy and its cause lightly as it may aggravate and also prove to be life threatening. In the case when you have an airborne allergy, it is even more important to know what exactly is causing your allergic reaction to trigger.
By doing an airborne allergy test, you can confirm the trigger and avoid contact with it in the future. There are many airborne allergens like pollen, dust particles, air pollutants, trees, grass, cockroach droppings etc. To test for an airborne allergy, you can follow the following given methods:
- Skin prick test :The first way to test for an airborne allergy is by doing an airborne allergy skin prick test. This is one of the most common airborne allergy skin test and can easily detect which allergy you are suffering from. The allergy that you are suffering from will prick the areas on your back or on your arm and the person conducting the test will note down certain numbers on the areas which are being pricked. After this, drops of each of the airborne allergens will be placed your skin and the area under the drop will be scratched or pricked to let the allergens in. If you have an allergy from any of those allergens, the skin under that drop will turn red or get a bump after 15-30 minutes. This way, the exact culprit allergen can be identified.
- Intradermal skin test: Another test which can help detect an airborne allergy is an intradermal skin test. This test is often performed by the doctor after a skin test that has proved inconclusive. This test is more sensitive as compared to the prick test and in this a little amount of a suspected allergen is injected in the person’s skin’s top layer. This test can take considerable amount of time to show results which may even extend to 24 to 48 hours.
- Blood Test: Another way to detect an airborne allergy is blood test. This is the last method to be used and is done in the case when a skin test cannot be done or performed. This kind of a test is expected to cost more and may take several days for the result to be out of the lab.
If you have an allergy, you must quickly get one of these tests done.
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