Allergen Testing - Learning Issue: Allergen Testing-MH...

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Learning Issue: Allergen Testing-MH Below is a general summary of the most common allergen tests. All of them are not in specific detail, but more of a summary. If we would like further pathophysiology of each, we can further break them down. Approach to patient: The diagnosis of type I hypersensitivities starts with a careful review of the person's symptoms, family history, and personal history, including: the age of onset, seasonal symptoms, and those that appear after exposure to animals, hay, or dust, or that develop in specific environments, such as home and work. Other environmental and life style factors such as exposure to pollutants, smoking, exercise, alcohol, drugs, and stress may worsen symptoms and should be taken into consideration. Once the list of possible allergens has been narrowed, specific testing can be done. Laboratory tests: Allergen specific IgE testing: Immunoassay and RAST (radioallergosorbent) are blood tests that are used to screen for type I allergen-specific IgE antibodies. Allergen-specific IgE antibody testing involves taking a blood sample and checking for each allergen
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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