Are the symptoms caused by allergy?

Every one in four persons suffer from allergy. But far from everyone has consulted a doctor about the problems, and even fewer have received an accurate diagnsosis. This makes allergy one the most prevalent and untreated health problems in the industrialized world. The unfortunate result is a large unawareness of the benefits of a proper diagnosis and management.

People may experience quite common everyday symptoms that in fact are caused by allergy. Many people grow so accustomed to living with their symptoms that they never even consider seeking help to get a proper diagnosis – which is necessary to optimize potential treatment and thus increase health and well-being.

Symptoms alone can’t tell

Making an accurate allergy diagnosis can be critical. How do you know whether a child’s symptoms are caused by allergy or not - and if so, to what exactly?

All allergy symptoms and the possible cause of the symptoms should be investigated. A blood test will help determine if the person is allergic, what he or she is allergic to and what allergy triggers (allergens) that should be avoided, if any. A blood test may also rule out allergy.

As in all diagnostic testing, the diagnosis is made by the physican based on both test results and the patient history.