How to Get an Allergy Test It might be simpler than you think.

1. 

Understand Your Symptoms

Use our symptom tracker to generate a comprehensive profile of your symptom history. Print, scan, or download your results, and review them with your healthcare provider to decide if a specific IgE blood test is right for you.
 

2.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Healthcare Provider

Any healthcare provider can order a specific IgE blood test to aid in the diagnosis of your allergies. But in some locations, you can make a testing appointment directly with a lab or clinic. Discuss options with your healthcare and/or health-insurance provider and make an appointment to get tested.
 

3. 

Get Tested

Follow the directions from the testing facility, get tested, and review your results with your healthcare provider. Along with your medical history and a physical examination, a specific IgE blood test can help confirm an allergy diagnosis.



Frequently Asked Questions

This quick and simple blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific antibodies in your blood (IgE), which is an indicator of allergic sensitization. It can test for hundreds of allergic triggers and can be administered to people of any age (including young children). As a powerful diagnostic tool, a specific IgE blood test can help your healthcare provider determine if you have allergies and aid in identifying which allergens are causing your symptoms.

You can be tested for just about anything you encounter that can cause allergy symptoms. A blood test can be used to identify sensitizations to pollens, molds, animal dander, foods, dust mites, insect venoms, some medications, and more. 

Unlike a skin-prick test, a blood test can be performed on those with skin conditions (e.g., eczema) and on individuals currently on medications, including antihistamines. This blood test is also considered safe for those who are pregnant.  

Anyone experiencing allergy-like symptoms can undergo specific IgE blood testing. For babies and young children, one blood sample collection is often less traumatic than the several scratches of a skin-prick test.  

A small sample of blood is drawn and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The results are returned a few days later for your healthcare provider to interpret alongside your medical history and reported symptoms. This combination will help your healthcare provider confirm or rule out a suspected allergy.

Since the blood sample is sent to a lab for processing, it typically takes a few days to obtain blood-test results.  

Most health-insurance plans cover specific IgE blood tests. Ask your insurance or healthcare provider about your coverage and options.  

While costs may vary according to lab fees and your health insurance, they also can be dependent on the number of allergens tested. Contact your healthcare provider, insurance provider, and/or testing facility for pricing information.

Tools for Understanding Allergies

 

Track allergy symptoms and prepare for a visit with a healthcare provider.

Learn about specific allergens, including common symptoms, management, and relief. 

Are you a healthcare provider? Get comprehensive information on hundreds of whole allergens and allergen components.

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