Q: What tests are used to diagnose allergies?
To determine what type of allergen is affecting a person and how to address the symptoms, the physicians at Premier Family Medical will ask about the symptoms experienced and what types of situations cause the allergy side effects. Allergy skin tests and blood tests are used to confirm what is causing the allergic reaction. During a skin allergy test, the doctor uses concentrated extracts of known, common allergens to check for a reaction on the skin. When a reaction is present, the doctor can see what the person is allergic to and to what degree. When a food allergy is suspected, the patient may have an idea of what caused the reaction, but further testing through elimination diets or in-office food allergy testing can confirm the diagnoses. In most cases, the food that caused a reaction will need to be avoided.