Health&Wellness Magazine May 2016 - Page 37

May 2016 In the intradermal test, the allergist interjects the allergen underneath the skin layer. While it seems this method would be a bit stronger in true-positive results, it most often yields false positives. The skin patch test is performed by putting the allergen on a patch and keeping it taped to the skin for up to three days. “Challenge tests” may also be administered, which involve inhaling or swallowing the allergen. Blood tests can reveal allergies in the body. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA or EIA) test is the blood test most often performed for allergies. More antibodies will be seen in blood trying to fight off what the body perceives as a threat. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is probably the bestknown institute for the study and treatment of allergies. With the variable nature of allergy testing in general, the AAAAI recommends staying away from certain treatments that are even less likely to yield correct results than the conventional tests. These include the Rinkel skin titration method, provocative neutralization testing, immunoglobulin G testing, cytoxicity testing, drugstore screenings, muscle strength testing and any cheap home tests available in your local pharmacy. Many medicines you take can affect the accuracy of skin tests, and some may even create, help or exacerbate allergic reactions. Some people will opt to keep a food diary or do an elimination test, where particular foods are slowly removed from the diet. The diary records the affects of life with and without those items. The important thing with allergies is to find out how they affect you. Many times people live with unknown allergens for so long that it feels like the norm, when in fact the body is struggling with processing and staying healthy. If you think allergies may be adversely affecting you, speak to your doctor about the best options for allergy testing, as each case is different. Rejuvenation and better health could be right around the corner for you. Serious injuries call for serious attorneys. If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident, you need an experienced, focused, serious attorney. You want nothing but the best legal minds representing you. Plus, if we don’t win or settle your case, you owe us nothing. Call the Becker Law Office. We’ve spent the past 30 years handling over 33,000 cases. We’ll help you get all that you deserve. Call us. We’ll come to you. The important thing with allergies is to find out how they affect you. PLC LOUISVILLE · LEXINGTON FLORENCE · CINCINNATI 333.3333 Se Habla Español This is an advertisement. Not all services may be performed by Kevin Renfro. & 37