Who should be tested for allergy?

At any one time, up to 50 % of the population experience symptoms associated with allergy. About 1 in 4 of them actually suffer from IgE-mediated allergy, many unknowingly. Which ones are they and how can an allergy test improve their well-being?

An ImmunoCAP blood test in addition to case history is a valuable tool in making a clear and correct differentiation between those patients that have symptoms related to allergies and those who do not. The differentiation between allergy or not is a prerequisite for giving optimal patient management and guides decision on whether a medication (antihistamindesan or antibiotics) or avoidance advice should be prescribed or not. Consequently, patient well-being can be improved. Typical situations where a blood test can be of high value may include:

  • patients with persistent and/or recurrent symptoms
  • patients not responding to treatment
  • patients telling about anaphylactic like symptoms

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