The initial step in the treatment of an allergy is an accurate diagnosis. It involves deciding whether the symptoms are caused by an allergy and, if so, determining what triggers the allergy as accurately as possible. The resulting diagnosis will target the appropriate treatment or clinical intervention to allow avoidance of the allergic trigger which will help to eliminate or minimize symptoms.
An accurate diagnosis is obtained using a combination of approaches and tests that can include patch tests or blood tests to identify and confirm a diagnosis.
Our Laboratory can perform blood tests to diagnose allergies. Our physicians can assist you in determining which panels are right for you. Patients can also choose their own labs with our on-demand lab options.
BLOOD TESTS FOR FOOD ALLERGIES
The standard Food Allergy Panel tests for Almond, Cashew Nut, Codfish, Cow’s Milk, Egg White, Hazelnut, Peanut, Salmon, Scallop, Sesame Seed, Shrimp, Soybean, Tuna, Walnut, and Wheat allergies.
Individual tests are also available for chicken, beef, tuna, turkey, and gluten.
BLOOD TESTS FOR OUTDOOR ALLERGENS
The Grass and Weeds Panel tests for allergies to bahia grass, Bermuda grass, Johnson grass, mugwort, nettle, perennial rye grass, ragweed (common and giant), rough marsh elder, rough pigweed, Russian thistle, sheep sorrel, and timothy grass..
Tree Pollen Panel tests for allergies related to acacia, birch, cottonwood, elm, maple, mountain cedar, oak, olive, pecan/hickory, sycamore, walnut, white ash, white mulberry.
BLOOD TESTS FOR INDOOR ALLERGENS
The Respiratory Allergy Panel will test for allergies to American house dust mite, Blomia Tropicalis, European house dust mite, cockroach, cat dander, dog dander, goose feathers, house dust, aspergillus fungus, fungus, penicillin fungus, and Cladosporium mold.
Skin Patch Tests are able to determine if an individual has an allergy related to particular substances. The Patch test used will test for a reaction to 36 different types of chemicals. The testing is performed in a three-step process. Initially the patch will be applied to the skin, secondly the patch will be removed the responses will be read by a trained professional for an initial read and on the third visit and the final reading will be performed a physician to determine if there are any new or continued responses.
Panel 1 includes:
- Nickel Sulfate
- Wool Alcohols
- Neomycin Sulfate
- Potassium Dichromate
- Caine Mix
- Fragrance Mix
- Paraben Mix
- Negative Control
- Balsam of Peru
- Ethylenediamine Dihydrochloride
- Cobalt Dichloride
Panel 2 includes:
- p-tert-Butylphenol Formaldehyde Resin
- Epoxy Resin
- Carba Mix
- Black Rubber Mix
- Cl+ Me- Isothiazolinone
- Methyldibromo Glutaronitrile
- Mercapto Mix
- Thiuram Mix
Panel 3 includes:
- Diazolidinyl Urea
- Quinoline Mix
- Gold Sodium Thiosulfate
- Imidazolidinyl Urea
- Disperse Blue 106