Is it allergy or not?

Improved health and well-being all starts with a correct diagnosis. Without a blood test, uncertainty in allergy diagnosis may be as high as 50%, limiting the possibility of an optimized patient management.

Case history and physical examination is central in the diagnosis process but may alone lead to uncertain diagnoses. Many illnesses that display symptoms commonly associated with allergy have quite different etiologies and, therefore, different treatments. Allergy blood tests as a complement has been shown to increase the number of correct diagnoses i.e if the symptoms are actually due to allergy or not.

Improved disease management

With this information you can better target patient management (suitable treatment, avoidance advise) or if it is needed, continue to search for other causes of the symptoms. Consequently, patient well-being can be improved.

ImmunoCAP blood test* increases certainty in allergy diagnosis and helps rule out allergy.

  • Decrease in patients with uncertain allergy diagnosis 
    from ~ 50% to ~10%
  • Increase in patients diagnosed as non-allergic 
    from ~10% to ~ 50%

*In addition to case history and physical examination in primary care.

 

References

  • Duran-Tauleria E. et al. The utility of specific immunoglobulin E measurements in primary care Allergy 2004; 59 (suppl 78):35-41
  • Niggemann B. et al. Paediatric allergy diagnosis in primary care is improved by in vitro allergen-specific IgE testing. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2008; 19:325-331

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