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Allergy tests (allergy tests)

Allergy tests (allergy tests)

Allergy tests help to determine as accurately as possible the agent (allergen) that led to the allergic reaction.

The service is available at branches:
  • Kyiv, Kostiantynivska, 57
Allergy tests (allergy tests)

Service types

  • Determination and assessment of total IgE levels
  • Diagnosis of the causative agent of contact dermatitis using skin PATCH tests
  • Diagnosis of food and inhalation allergic agents, allergies to local anesthetics (Ultracaine, Lidocaine) using skin PRIK tests
  • Multicomponent allergy diagnostics ALEX2

If in the case of food allergies or seasonal pollen allergies a person can at least guess what exactly caused the illness, then with contact dermatitis the situation is much more complicated, because every day we touch a large number of objects. In such cases, testing is indispensable.

Allergy tests are of the following types:

  • patch test is a skin test to identify the causative agent of contact dermatitis. These are special patches that are applied to the interscapular area of the back. The patient wears such patches for two days, and after another two days the result can be assessed: is there any hyperemia, redness, or papules. For the patch test, as a rule, a European panel is used, containing 30 of the most common haptens (allergens) in Europe, distributed over three patches. In addition, there are special professional panels: hairdressing, baking, dental, etc., which are used in the relevant industries and help identify allergens specific to a particular type of activity;
  • The skin prick test is another skin allergy test commonly used to identify triggers of food intolerances and inhalant allergens. The test consists of the doctor dropping a histamine solution (positive control), a dissolving liquid (negative control) and an allergen solution onto the skin, while pricking it with a plastic scalpel (hence the name, in English «prick»), and after 15 minutes assesses the body’s reaction (papule size, presence of erythema);
  • ALEX test – comprehensive allergy diagnostics. This test panel contains the 300 most common haptens in the region;
  • An allergy test for a local anesthetic is a variation of the skin prick test. If the patient has a complicated allergic history or is afraid of an acute reaction to anesthesia, he can do a quick prick test, which will consist of a special and positive test;
  • The standard for diagnosing allergies is confirmation by blood tests and skin tests.

All of the above tests and a blood test for allergies, that is, immunoglobulin E, which indicates the presence of an allergic reaction, can be taken at the VIRTUS clinic in Odessa.

Indications and contraindications for taking allergy tests

There are no contraindications for taking allergy tests. Even if you have a complicated allergic history, that is, if a person has already had cases of anaphylaxis or angioedema, you can safely take a prick test: allergenic agents cannot penetrate deeper than the dermis, much less enter the circulating bloodstream. Patch tests are also safe for everyone.

As for the indications, usually other specialists (family doctor, ophthalmologist, dermatologist, otolaryngologist) refer you to an allergist, but a person should pay attention to the following symptoms:

  • the presence of rash, redness, hives on the skin, accompanied by itching and pain;
  • nasal congestion, nasal discharge;
  • lacrimation;
  • headache;
  • dizziness.

Allergy tests for children are no different from adults; there are no specific conditions here.

Popular question

What is an allergy shot?

It is impossible to cure allergies with one injection. However, if we are talking about an acute case – Quincke’s edema, an injection of adrenaline in the form of epinephrine can be considered an allergy shot. After this, an antihistamine is administered and, if necessary, through testing, the allergen that provoked the reaction is determined.

Preparing to take allergy tests

At the VIRTUS clinic, patients are seen by a dermatologist-allergist who can assess the condition of the skin, diagnose allergic-dermatological pathology and prescribe tests for allergens. Preparation for a prick test involves stopping the use of antihistamines for 7 days; in the case of patch tests, this is not necessary, because it will not affect the result.

Allergy test results

Having assessed the test result (the presence and condition of papules, hyperemia, redness, swelling, etc.), the allergist gives the patient a conclusion indicating which allergen the body reacted to, as well as a list of products that may contain hapten. Individual therapy is prescribed, which will alleviate the patient’s condition and bring into stable remission in case of chronic allergies. In the future, you should carefully read the information about the composition of products that the patient deals with in everyday life in order to prevent contact with the allergen.

Hrybkova Kateryna

Dermatologist, allergist
Work experience (years): 5
Patients are welcome at the following office address: Kyiv, Kostiantynivska, 57

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