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Dec 30, 2009 4:53 PM by News First 5

Allergy tests pin down the source of problems

If you're sick of being sick--of sneezing, coughing and rubbing itchy eyes--it may be time to get tested for allergies.

Here are the most common tests:

Skin test
A small amount of a suspected allergen is placed on or below the skin to see if a reaction develops.

Blood test
The most common blood test used to diagnose allergies is the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA, EIA). It measures antibodies made by the body in response to certain allergens. Blood tests are generally considered to be not as sensitive as skin tests.

To schedule an allergy test, contact Colorado Springs Allergy and Asthma Clinic.

 

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