Allergy Test

About

About

General Medical Practice De Makroon is the right address for various allergy tests.

An allergy is excessive body’s immune reaction on certain substances called allergens, which are normally not harm-causing. The allergens are, for instance, pollen, insect venoms, home dust, some medications or nutrients.

The symptoms of an allergic reaction may be warmth, flushes, itches or swelling of mucous membranes in the mouth and throat or skin, running or congested nose or burning, red, itching eyes with tears and may inconveniently limit the daily routine and activities, disturb sleep and night rest and obstruct ones functioning at school or at work.
Indications

Indications

An allergy can appear with everyone, yet hereditary factors may play a major role; the chance that one develops allergic reaction is greater if an allergy already exists in the family.

The procedure

The procedure

The most common allergy test is for inhalation allergies and is conducted when there are indications that an allergy exists for a mix of grass pollens, birch, hazel, alder, home dust, a dog or a cat. The drops of nine different liquids are applied on one of you’re the arms and each drop is inoculate in the skin with the little needle. Consequently is the area covered with the gauze and left for 20 minutes to react, during which time one fills in the questionnaire.

Some allergy test may also include a blood draw.

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Preparations

Preparations

There are no specific preparations for the allergy tests, however you should not use anti-allergic medications at least 24 hours prior the tests.

Results

Results

In case of the inhalation allergies, test results can be read 20 minutes after applying allergens on the skin, where one or more of them cause reactions that look like mosquito bite bumps. The test results for other types of allergies may take longer, up to several days. Depending on those results, you will be informed by phone or e-mail and, in case the results are positive, an appointment will be set.

In both cases in the following, it will be discussed with you how to proceed in order to cope with those allergies and/or you are going to receive the medications or immunotherapy. In some cases you might be referred to the dermatologist or allergologist. An allergy cannot be cured but only suppressed in the best possible way.

Allergy tests costs are not excluded from
your obligatory deductible.
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