How To Test For Allergies At Home | Pip Milburn
What are allergy symptoms?
There can be many different annoying allergy symptoms depending on the allergen. Do you have itchy eyes and a runny nose at certain times of the year, you may put it down to general hay fever, but which pollen are you allergic to? Do you often finish a meal and have tummy cramps or an upset stomach. This could be linked to a food allergy. Wouldn’t it be nice to know which foods to avoid to stop those painful stomach aches?
If you’re unsure your symptoms are allergy related you can take a quick quiz here.
Why do allergic reaction occur – the sciencey bit!
When you’re allergic to a certain food or pollen 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.
Easy allergy testing at home
If you’re fed up of suffering with allergy symptoms them Klarify have you covered. Klarify is an easy to use at home allergy testing kit that will test for 294 allergens, including foods, pollen and insect venom. A simple finger prick blood test will identify specific IgE, a science-based method to pinpoint potential allergens. This is based on the same principle as allergy tests performed by doctors.
Once you have taken a small sample of blood from your finger tip, pop it into the packaging provided and send it off in the post. It’s as easy as that!
Quick test results
The results of the home allergy test will be back within two weeks – super quick! You will receive a personalised, easy to read, online report via your Klarify account.
The next step
So, you received your results and know what you’re allergic to, but what to do next? The Klarify home testing kit is the first step in helping those annoying allergy symptoms. Contact your GP to go through your results. Your medical history and your symptoms have to be considered in combination with the allergy test results to tell if you have allergy or not
Here are some handy tips on how to prepare for the allergy discussion with your GP.
*This post is sponsored by Klarify.