Posted: Dec 30, 2009 2:53 PM by News First 5
Updated: Dec 30, 2009 2:53 PM
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:
A small amount of a suspected allergen is placed on or below the skin to see if a reaction develops.
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.