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About Allergy Testing

Sometimes it can be obvious that you have an allergy to something. For example, if you break out in a rash every time that you use a certain type of soap or laundry detergent, then you know you are allergic to it. However, this doesn't tell you the ingredient in the soap that you are allergic to. Without this information, you can end up using different products that also use that same ingredient, and you can have a reaction every single time. This is one example of why allergy testing can be important. You can learn more about allergy testing by reading the article below.

Some good reasons for having allergy testing done

As seen above, you can have allergy testing done to determine what ingredient you are likely allergic to when you have reactions to products. However, you may also want to have allergy testing done for these reasons as well:

You can't figure out what you are allergic to

You are having an allergic reaction to something and you have no idea what it could be, the obvious thing would be to start eliminating products you use and foods you eat to try to figure it out. However, sometimes this won't even work because the thing you are allergic to may be anything from your detergent, to a type of fabric in your clothing, to mold in your home that you don't even know is there.

You have a family history of reactions to something

You may also want to have an allergy test done if you are going to be going in for a procedure and you know there is a history of allergic reactions to something that they plan on using during your procedure. For example, if you are going in for an ozone treatment for Lyme disease and they give Heparin to you during the treatment, and you know people in your family have been allergic to Heparin, then it is very important for you to know if you are, so they won't administer it to you.

You have been feeling sick for a while and don't know why

If you have had a stuffy nose for a long time, or you keep getting a reoccurring cough, headaches, or sneezing attacks, then you should go in to rule out allergies if the doctor hasn't been able to determine the cause. It just may be that you are allergic to something in your home. What if you are allergic to your down pillow, and trading pillows could have stopped your nighttime coughs months ago?

Contact local allergy testing services to learn more.