Diagnostics

Optimal allergy treatment requires a specific diagnosis as the basis for precise treatment of the actual allergy cause. Real Allergy Solutions provides state-of-the-art tools, supplies and training to ensure an accurate and appropriate diagnosis for every patient.

Did you know?

More than half (54.6%) of all U.S. citizens test positive to one or more allergens?

Skin Testing

A skin prick test measures the reactivity of the mast cells/mast cell bound IgE inside the patient. The principle is to "provoke" a reaction in a person by adding a minor amount of allergen. A small drop of allergen extract is placed on the arm and with a lancet the skin is pierced and a very small amount of allergen is penetrated into the skin. If allergic, the patient will react with a weal and flare reaction. A positive and a negative control are always performed at the same time. The positive control is done without allergen but with histamine. The histamine makes the same physiological reaction as the histamine from the allergic reaction, and functions as a control. Real Allergy Solutions provides the MultiTest™ device for rapid and precise allergy skin testing. MultiTest™ is a reliable skin test system with superior specificity, sensitivity and consistency.

Selection of Allergens for Skin Tests

Physicians typically test patients with a fairly wide variety of allergenic extracts to develop a thorough picture of each patient’s sensitivities. The allergens chosen should represent those that the patient is most likely to encounter where they live and work. We have eliminated the guesswork in choosing between allergens through our comprehensive regional panels.

IV Blood Testing

In vitro assays for detecting allergy are appealing as an alternative to in vivo skin tests for several reasons. They can be used to detect allergy with no risk of reaction to the patient, and are especially useful when the allergens being tested are particularly sensitizing, toxic, or irritating. In vitro tests are also useful when skin disease or use of interfering medications makes skin testing difficult or impossible, or for testing patients fearful of skin tests, or for rapidly screening large populations.

In vitro tests are less time consuming for the patient than in vivo skin tests - a large advantage in a busy world. In vitro tests are useful in apprehensive children, in patients with dermatologic problems where skin testing is difficult, and in those patients unable to stop medication that can inhibit the development of wheals such as anti-depressants, or inhibit the effect of Epinephrine like Beta Blockers.


The bottom line

if you suspect allergies, test for allergies. Figure out the true cause of the symptoms and then have a plan to manage the disease through avoidance and elimination of the allergens, environmental controls, and immunotherapy if necessary.

With Real Allergy Solutions™ you gain real evidence for the right diagnosis for each patient. You have the knowledge to drive better oucomes for a better quality of life.