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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% 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.
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.