Allergy Tests Brisbane Northside
Today in Brisbane, more and more people are choosing to go to their local GP to get allergy testing and food allergy testing done. If you suffer from issues with cows milk, issues with food, eczema, hay fever or asthma it is recommended that you book in for allergy testing from your local GP for Allergy Testing Brisbane
What is Allergy Testing in Brisbane?
The most common form of allergy testing is for allergen (i.e., pollen), otherwise known as a Type1 1 allergy or immediate hypersensitivity. Allergic reactions occur when the individual has been sensitised to the specific allergen (i.e., pollen). The type of test that is required is what is known as an IgE test. Usually, the GP will order a blood test from their preferred pathology provider. Other allergy tests are for specific allergens from food and air.
What Is An Allergy?
Occurs when an individual’s immune system reacts to the different substances in their environment called allergens. When this occurs histamine is released by our bodies that causes swelling and inflammation. Symptoms can also include; runny nose, asthma, breathing difficulties, hives and upset stomach.
Why Get Your Allergy Tested?
If you suffer from issues with cows milk, issues with food, eczema, hay fever or asthma it is recommended that you get an allergy test from your local GP.
Blood Tests vs Skin Pricks
Both methods are equally effective, however often GPs will choose to go down the blood testing route. If you are hypersensitive to needles make sure to let your GP know your preference.
Specific Allergies That Can Be Tested?
Generally speaking, there are 2 broad classes of allergies:
In fact, there are over 40 specific allergies that can be tested for in Brisbane. Generally speaking, your GP will be able to test for 15 allergies in a given test. Usually, they will start with the most common ones and work back from there. You may find that you have a sense of what specific allergies you may have. Random allergy testing is generally not recommended and can lead to incorrect results. However, if you think you have a specific allergy, here is a helpful guide
- Hayfever – Is generally seasonal and doesn’t occur all year round.
- Asthma – Look at your house. Are their cockroaches, dust mites, insects present in your house?
- Eczema – Are you exposed to aerosols? What does your diet contain? Think how much milk, eggs, soy and peanuts am I consuming? Just remember that just because you have food allergies does not mean you have eczema.
- Hives. If you or your child have a rash when eating peanuts, eggs, fish, seafood it is recommended that you get tested
What Does A Positive Allergy Test Mean?
It generally means that there are high levels of an antibody in regards to the allergen. Obviously the larger the result the greater the chance of the test being true. It is important to note that there is not a 100% causal relationship to high test scores and a person showing symptoms.
What to know more? Why not contact either our GP or Practice Nurse to organise allergy testing today!