Allergy is widespread and affects approximately a quarter of the population in the UK at some time in their lives.
The term allergy is used to describe a condition where the immune system over reacts to a substance which is not normally harmful in itself. The result can range from a collection of inconvenient symptoms to a disease or even a life threatening reaction.
An allergic person’s immune system believes normally unharmful substances, known as allergens, can be damaging so it produces a special type of antibody (IgE) to attack the invading material. This stimulates other fighting blood cells to release further chemicals such as histamine which together cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
The most common symptoms of an inhalant allergy are:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes, ears, lips, throat and palate
- Severe wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Sinus problems
- A sore palate
- Mouth ulcers
- Nettle-like rash
- Sickness, vomiting, & diarrhoea
- Increase in secretions
In addition conditions such as asthma, eczema, IBS and headaches as well as symptoms diffuse symptoms such as lethargy, loss of concentration and sensitivity to everyday foods are also considered to have an allergy component.
Some of the more common allergens are:
- Pollen from trees and grasses
- House dust mites
- Pets such as cats and dogs
- Insects like wasps and bees
- Industrial and household chemicals
- Foods such as eggs, milk, gluten and nuts
What is being tested
We have recently swopped labs for this test – our previous lab tested the following;
Kentucky Blue Grass
Orchard Grass (cockfoot)
Our new test checks the following:
|June Grass (Kentucky Blue)|
|M. Fescue Grass|
Age range this test is suitable for
Adults 18 years +
Children 2 years+ and have been weaned
Please see the sample report.
Blood test that requires a blood sample.
You will need to arrange for a blood sample to be collected by a nurse at your G.P. service or at a private clinic or hospital. Any fee for this service is not included in with the test fee.
You will need to send your sample back to the lab via a next day postal service – If you are in the UK, Royal mail offer a suitable next day service. If you are outside of the UK then please check with your postal service for options. The cost of the test does not cover the return postage.
Please note that samples should only be posted on Monday – Thursday so that they do not arrive over the weekend when the lab is closed.
A courier returns option is offered by the lab and details will be included in with your test kit. This is an optional service and the cost is not included in with the test fee. Details about payment, should you wish to take up this offer, are included with the courier details.
Before taking this test
No special requirements