Are you or might you be an allergy sufferer? It is estimated that perhaps a quarter of us will suffer at some point in our lives, and it doesn't always give the typical runny nose and itchy eyes. Some longstanding unexplained symptoms can actually be caused by hidden allergies. See below for our range of allergy tests.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is the body’s inappropriate response to a particular food or substance in the environment. Most foods and substances that cause allergies are not harmful and have no effect on people who do not suffer from allergies.
What are the most common allergens?
Some people react badly to certain things, some of the most common allergens are:
How bad can allergies be?
Most allergic symptoms are mild, just causing a little sneezing or itching. However some people can have severe allergic reactions and if you are one of those people then you need to speak to your doctor and discuss your symptoms. Keep a diary and find out what effects you and when.
Some people with very vague symptoms turn out to be allergic to certain foods or substances, and then avoiding these can improve their sense of wellbeing.
What tests can I do?
If you want to investigate your potential allergies a bit more, then Medichecks has a range of tests that can help you.
A simple test to see if you have raised levels of the body’s response to allergens (Immunoglobulin E, or IgE) can help to confirm whether you may generally be an allergy sufferer.
If you want more in depth testing then you can have tests for various substances, to see if your body is allergic to them.
Should I test my children for allergies?
Some people who are very allergic to something such as nuts want to check whether it is safe to give their children the foods they are allergic too. Having a test for specific allergens can help reassure you when trialling out new foods that you may be very wary of.
If you have lots of itchiness in your eyes, runny nose, sinus trouble, tummy upset, skin itching etc, and you find out what you are allergic to and avoid those things as much as possible, then your symptoms can improve dramatically. Some people feel generally unwell in their digestive system or in their nose, throat and chest, and want to see if this could be caused by an allergy.
Other people would like to specifically identify their allergens so they can avoid them in their lives.
Symptoms of allergies vary, but can include: