An allergy occurs when your body becomes oversensitive to a substance which would generally be harmless to most people. Some of the most common allergies are to drugs, dust, food, insect bites, mold, pet dander (skin) and pollen. Common symptoms of allergies include breathing problems, burning or itchy eyes, headache, hives, itching of the most/throat/skin, runny nose and vomiting.
Allergy Skin Testing
The scratch, also known as the prick-puncture test is one of the most acceptable methods of allergy testing. A small amount of allergens is placed under the skin surface to check for reaction. Testing can be done for different allergens at the same time, and results are usually obtained within 15-20 minutes. Some of the allergic triggers tested included:
- Pollen and Environmental Allergy - Tree pollen, flowering plants, grass pollen, ragweed pollen, dust mites, feathers
- Mold Allergy - Fusarium, hormodendrum, helminthosporium
- Animal Allergy - Cat, dog, horse, rodent
- Food Allergy - Meat, chicken, fish, shellfish, milk products, eggs, nuts, etc.
Allergy shots are administered to decrease the degree of allergic reaction to a specific allergen.