Many people have had some form of allergic symptom throughout their lives; whether it be sniffles and sneezes as the weather changes, itchy skin and teary eyed from dust and/or animal hairs and wheezing from eating a particular food.
Allergy testing can help reveal what causes or triggers an allergic reaction and will guide a physician on the best course of action.
At La Falaise House Medical Laboratory in collaboration with Barbados Reference Laboratory, we offer allergy blood testing. This type of testing measures the amount of allergen-specific antibodies within one’s blood. When faced with an allergen – allergy trigger – the body’s response is to produce antibodies to fight against it.
The antibodies causes certain chemicals to be released, and it is this release of chemicals that causes allergic reactions/symptoms. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is an antibody that’s strongly linked to the body’s allergy response.
The allergy testing has five (5) main panels:
- Initial screen – a mixture of all being tested
- Children/Pediatric food
- Adult food
- Children/Pediatric respiratory illness
- Adult respiratory illness
Food and respiratory testing is sub-divided further into:
- Spice Panels
- Cereals, fruits and vegetables panels
- Fish and meat panels
- Dairy and egg products panel
- Drug panels
- Environmental, household and industrial panels
Allergy blood testing is recommended if you:
- Are using a medicine known to interfere with test results cannot stop taking it for a few days.
This would include antihistamines, steroids, and certain antidepressants.
- Cannot tolerate the many needle scratches required for skin testing.
- Have an unstable heart condition.
- Have poorly controlled asthma.
- Have severe eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, or another severe skin conditions.
Allergy Testing Form