Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe and the symptoms can be distinctive or indiscernible. There are a number of allergy types that come with instant tell tale signals after exposure to the particular allergen. But, a lot of times, allergic reactions could have symptoms that give the impression of non-allergic conditions. That’s why diagnosing allergies could be either fairly easy or difficult depending on your exact allergy type and the duration and extent of allergen exposure.
In children, colds are a very common ailment and could be the result of many non-allergy related causes. However, if you think your child comes down with a cold at roughly the same time every year- and the cold lasts longer than a week every time- you should see a doctor about any possible allergies your child may have. By asking you questions about the symptoms and when they occur, your doctor will be able to make a diagnosis, prescribe any necessary medication or refer your child to an allergist for any required skin tests or therapy.
Standard skin tests involve allergists testing you or your child for common allergy types. You will be exposed to a number of possible environmental or food allergens that you could have an allergic reaction to. This way, you can zero down on the substance you’re allergic to and get treatment and advice for your condition.
A skin test can be conducted either by dropping liquidized allergen into a pricked area of your skin or by injecting the allergen directly under your skin. While this sounds risky and painful, it really isn’t if the test is performed under careful, controlled and standards-abiding conditions like those in our MedHelp clinic. In cases where the allergic reaction is predicted to be intense (as with small children), blood tests can be performed instead of skin tests. That way you can avoid exposure to an allergen that you’re highly sensitive to and which can cause you significant disease or physical harm. Note that while blood tests may be deemed necessary in certain cases, they are both more expensive and less sensitive for diagnosing allergies.
If you’re allergic to the allergen administered to you during the skin test, a reddish lump will appear on the ‘infected’ area of the skin after 15 minutes. However, positive result of a skin or blood test showing an allergic reaction is only valid if you or your child also show associated. So for instance a skin/blood test showing an allergic reaction to dust mites would only be valid for a child if the child sneezes frequently while playing on the floor. If the child seems to have no allergic reactions to a dusty environment, the skin/blood test results are deemed indefinite.
If you think you or your child might have any allergies, pay us a visit at MedHelp clinic. Our trained team of doctors and medical experts will provide you with a diagnosis and advise you about treatment options.