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Allergy Testing Service

$350.00 AUD

Allergy blood testing is the same as any other blood test: a small amount of your blood is sent to a lab for analysis.

Allergy blood tests can detect Immunoglobulin E (IgE) in your blood. IgE is an antibody produced by the immune system in connection with a reaction to protect us from outside intruders such as parasites.

When you’re allergic to, for example pollen, certain foods or insect stings your immune system overreacts to the otherwise harmless substance and triggers the same defence mechanisms as against parasitic infections. The body produces IgE antibodies specific to the allergen it’s trying to fight. These antibodies tell cells in your body to release certain chemicals. And it is those chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.

Allergy blood tests identify and measure specific IgE antibodies in your blood. Since IgE antibodies are different depending on what they are reacting to, allergy blood testing can point to what allergens your body is reacting to.

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Allergy affects a lot of people in the Australia. But almost half of all people with allergy symptoms have not had a diagnosis from a doctor. And even fewer people know what allergen or allergens they react to. Some people might not even be aware that the symptoms they are experiencing are caused by an allergy. Let’s take a look at allergy and allergy testing.

What is allergy? 

An allergic reaction takes place when your immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless substance as a threat and takes excessive defensive action. Substances that trigger an allergic reaction are called allergens.

Allergy may affect your family life, work performance, social activities and more. Allergy symptoms can affect your sleep, which can impact your energy levels during the day. And ultimately some allergies can even be life-threatening.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction

There are many types of allergies. The severity of symptoms for each type can vary, and you may experience your symptoms differently from other people with allergy. Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction might include:

Pollen

  • blocked, stuffy nose
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • frequent sneezing
  • runny nose
House dust mite

  • blocked, stuffy nose
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • frequent sneezing
  • runny nose
  • headache
  • tiredness in the morning
  • dry or sore throat
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • skin reactions
Pet dander

  • blocked, stuffy nose
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • frequent sneezing
  • runny nose

 

Insect venom

  • any symptoms that go beyond the normal sensation of pain, local redness and weals should be taken very seriously. Those affected should see a doctor or call an ambulance as soon as possible
Mould spores

  • blocked, stuffy nose
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • frequent sneezing
  • runny nose
  • coughing
  • asthma
Food

  • bloating
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea
  • skin reactions
  • itching
  • in severe cases, anaphylaxis

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