What is for
- What do you mean by allergy?
Allergies are an exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction (as by sneezing, difficult breathing, itching, or skin rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states that are without comparable effect on the average individual.
A person suffering from allergies may face the following signs and symptoms -
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Itchy, runny nose
- Feeling tired or ill
- swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face.
- vomiting or diarrhoea.
Types & Condition
An individual experience the above listed signs and symptoms may suffer from the following types of allergies -
- Drug Allergy
- A drug allergy is the abnormal reaction of your immune system to a medication.
- A drug allergy is not the same as a drug side effect.Side effects are a known possible reaction listed on a drug label while a drug allergy is not
- A drug allergy is also different from drug toxicity which is only caused by an overdose of medication.
- Food Allergy
- Food allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food.
- Even a tiny amount of the allergy-causing food can trigger signs and symptoms such as digestive problems, hives or swollen airways.
- In some people, a food allergy can cause severe symptoms or even a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.
- Insect Allergy
- An insect allergy is an abnormal reaction to insects. It may be a reaction to bug bites and stings or bug debris.
- Venom from a sting or fluid from a bite may start the reaction.
- Latex Allergy
- Latex allergy is a reaction to certain proteins found in natural rubber latex, a product made from the rubber tree.
- Latex allergy may cause itchy skin and hives or even anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause throat swelling and severe difficulty breathing.
- Mold Allergy
- Mold allergy is when the individual’s immune system overreacts on the inhalation of mold spores.
- A mold allergy can make you cough, make your eyes itch among others.
- In some people, mold allergy is linked to asthma and exposure causes restricted breathing and other airway symptoms.
- Pet Allergy
- Pet allergy is an allergic reaction to proteins found in an animal's skin cells, saliva or urine.
- Most often, pet allergy is triggered by exposure to the dead flakes of skin (dander) a pet sheds.
- Any animal with fur can be a source of pet allergy, but pet allergies are most commonly associated with cats and dogs.
- Pollen Allergy
- Pollen is a very fine powder produced by trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds to fertilize other plants of the same species.
- Some individuals have an adverse immune response on breathing pollen. This adverse reaction is called pollen allergy.
- In people with pollen allergies, the immune system mistakenly identifies the harmless pollen as a dangerous intruder. It begins to produce chemicals to fight against the pollen.
Diagnosis & Treatment
For individuals experiencing the above conditions.
- How are allergies diagnosed?
- An allergy can be diagnosed with the help of -
- Skin test - A doctor or nurse will prick your skin and expose you to small amounts of the proteins found in potential allergens. If you're allergic, you'll likely develop a raised bump (hive) at the test location on your skin.
- Blood test - Specific IgE (sIgE) blood testing, commonly called radioallergosorbent test (RAST) or ImmunoCAP testing, measures the amount of allergy-causing antibodies in your bloodstream, known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. A blood sample is sent to a medical laboratory, where it can be tested for evidence of sensitivity to possible allergens.
- Allergy Testing (Common food and Allergens) - Veg and Non Veg
IgE (Immunoglobulin E) is an antibody protein that causes allergic reactions. A Food allergy blood test measures the IgE levels to detect an allergy to a particular food
- Allergy respiratory skin and environment
- For some, environmental particles like dust mites, cosmetics, and pet dander can be perceived as a threat and the immune system fights them by making antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) causing an allergic reaction.
- Environmental allergies are very common and allergy symptoms can range from sneezing to a life- threatening situation called anaphylactic shock
- These comprehensive allergy blood tests measure the amount of IgE antibodies in the blood sample. A small amount of IgE antibodies is normal. A larger amount of IgE may mean you have an allergy
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Food intolerance testing detects antibodies like IgG to determine if a person is sensitive or intolerant to certain foods due to lack of digestive enzymes or other conditions like metabolic diseases, Irritable bowel syndrome, or celiac disease. Food intolerance cannot be easily differentiated from a food allergy and hence a food intolerance testing can help individuals with symptoms of sensitivity to eliminate specific foods from their diet.
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