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You may think you know what the problem is – your grandma’s cat, pollen flying through the air every spring, something you ate—but depending on your symptoms, they can be caused by anything from the common cold to lactose intolerance to celiac disease. Don’t self-diagnose and try to manage the problem on your own because your symptoms could be unrelated to what you may believe. If you suspect allergies are the cause of your or your loved one’s symptoms, it is important to consult with your healthcare professional to get properly tested and diagnosed. 

All allergy-like symptoms should receive a proper medical diagnosis and your symptoms alone, most often, are not enough. A blood test can help your healthcare professional determine if your symptoms are triggered by an allergic reaction, and if so, develop a treatment plan. In fact, 65% of people believed to have allergic rhinitis and prescribed antihistamines may not actually be allergic.1

About 1 out of every 3 people suffers from some form of allergy2 and up to 80% of these people are allergic to more than one substance.3 This is why it’s so important to identify your allergic triggers. Knowing what’s causing your symptoms is important so you know what precautions to take, and how to lessen your exposure to certain triggers.

Different types of tests

Testing to identify allergic triggers is used along with your medical history to help establish a diagnosis. This information can help your healthcare professional create an optimal treatment plan for you. Each test has its own pro and cons, and together with your healthcare professional you can decide which test is right for you.

For a more informative appointment

The first step is to speak with a healthcare professional about your symptoms and concerns. Any healthcare provider can order specific IgE blood testing. Here’s a list of questions to help guide your conversation and maximize your time. 

Allergy March

For many children, eczema
is the first step toward
developing asthma.4


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Allergy Types & Causes

There are many different types of
allergies, but the majority fall
into some common categories.


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Helpful Resources

Our FAQs, glossary and more
are here to help you navigate
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  1. Szeinbach SL, Williams PB, Muntendam P, et al. Identification of Allergic Disease Among Users of Antihistamines. J Manag Care Pharm. 2004;10(3):234-8.
  2. Pawankar R, Holgate S, Canonica G, at el. WAO, White Book on Allergy. 2011;12.
  3. Ciprandi G, Alesina R, Ariano R, et al. Characteristics of patients with allergic polysensitization: POLISMAIL study. Eur Ann Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008;40(3)77-83.
  4. Saunes M, Oien T, Dotterud T, et al. Early eczema and the risk of childhood asthma: a prospective, population-based Study. BMC Pediatr. 2012;(12)168.