Why test for allergy?

An allergy test is quick and easy to perform. There are several good reasons why a person should be considered for an allergy test if he or she experiences any symptoms.

Many suffer from allergy without knowing

Did you know that at least 1 in 3 people are allergic? Which ones are they? Symptoms can have different causes, and therefore require different treatment strategies. Trying to decide the original cause only with the help of an anamnesis and a physical examination could thus be problematic. 

Avoid unnecessary or inefficient medication

Infection or allergy? A blood test and diagnosis will help you avoid prescribing medication, such as antihistamines or antibiotics, or ensure appropriate treatment.

Rule out allergy

With the help of a negative test result, you will be confident in dismissing allergy as the cause of your patient's symptoms.

Allergy is not all about family history

Allergy in the family increases the risk of being allergic. However, the  majority of allergic children have non-allergic parents.

Identify allergy triggers

What may seem as the obvious trigger may just be the "top of the iceberg". Since most people are allergic to more than one allergen, it is important to identify all the allergens that together contribute to the symptoms, for best symptom relief. In addition, the more provoking triggers, the greater the risk for severe allergy symptoms.

Sensitivity to allergens may change over time

Testing once in a life time is not enough. Sometimes the allergy symptoms disappear, sometimes they may progress into more severe conditions.

By testing regularly you get the information needed to accurately follow disease development and thus improve the patients health and quality of life.

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