Last updated on October 22nd, 2019 at 04:07 pm
Pollen Allergy Test Kit
In the U.S., more than 50 million people have to deal with allergies for their entire life. According to statistics, more people have developed allergic diseases in recent years. Due to the effects of industrialization, people are more prone to allergic diseases compared to 50 years ago.
Pollen allergy is one of the most common allergy types, and the number of people suffering from it has increased over the last 20 years. The most common symptoms of respiratory allergies are running nose and sneezing, as well as dry and irritated eyes. These symptoms most often occur already while being a kid, but in some case it first appears among adults, too. Actually, in recent years the trend has been that more and more people are developing pollen allergy during their adult years! Thus, testing for pollen allergy is always a smart thing to do.
Which pollen types should I check for?
The most common types of pollen in the UK which people are allergic to, are birch, alder and hazel, as well as various types of grass and weeds (mugwort, timothy).
Tests you get with this product:
- Mugwort Allergy Test.
- Oak White Allergy Test.
- Ragweed Allergy Test.
- Timothy Allergy Test.
- Total IgE Test.
Included in each test:
- Individually packed test devices
- Package insert
- Disposable pipettes
- Whole blood buffer
Pollen Allergy Test Instructions
What Is Pollen Allergy?
The most common type or a trigger for allergies is pollen allergy, also known as hay fever. Every fall, summer, or spring, plants will release extremely tiny grains of pollen. Many plant species release pollen. This is a normal way of fertilizing.
They come from weeds, grass, and different trees. All the dry, light, and tiny pollen particles travel with the help of the wind. Because of how much pollen there is in plants, people will inhale it without realizing they are exposed to it. This is a common problem.
Such tiny particles are very difficult to avoid. So, many people have to deal with the symptoms that come with pollen allergy. Some of these symptoms are:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Red eyes
- Swelling under or around the eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Too much mucus
Why Get Tested?
To take full control of your life, you need to get tested. Allergists can help you obtain that level of control. The first thing about getting tested is checking the level of impact the allergy has on your body.
The tests give you the information you need. You will know how badly your skin reacts to the allergy so that you can treat it on time. This is a crucial step in managing your allergies. To do it, you can choose between two types of tests. You can do a skin or a blood test.
Skin tests involve pricking the surface of the skin with needles. The allergist will inject multiple types of allergens to test how the skin reacts to them. The second option is a blood test. This is a specific IgE test. They will measure the number of antibodies you have and how the body reacts to the invading allergens.
Who should test for pollen allergy?
There are many different theories on what causes allergy, but research shows that the risk of developing allergies is higher if one of the parents has had it:
- One parent with allergies – 40% chance for a child developing it, too
- Both parents with allergies – 60 -80% chance that their child will develop it, too
So, if you are at risk for allergy and aware of its symptoms, you should take a test. Pollen allergy cannot be cured, but proper treatment can greatly improve your quality of life during the pollen season!
When to See a Doctor?
Not all allergies are a serious cause for concern. You can regulate most of the pollen allergies with proper medication. If you try your best to control your allergy, but it still affects your daily life, it is a good idea to see a doctor. People who can’t manage their allergies with medications should seek medical attention.
In rare cases, where the allergies become too severe or difficult to deal with, you will need to seek medical treatment. Mild symptoms are not that dangerous. But, severe symptoms like vomiting, nausea, and trouble breathing, should be treated by a professional. Don’t take matters into your own hands. Seek help when you need to.