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Do You Suffer From Allergies? Here Are 2 Allergy Tests You Can Get At Urgent Care Centers

July 11, 2017
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When it comes to medical tests, one major type that many people often ignore or neglect is allergy testing. Allergies show themselves in many different forms, and knowing and understanding the various symptoms of allergies is critical and can save yours or someone else’s life. If you’ve experienced any rashes, lesions, swelling, or hives, it could be a major red flag that an allergy attack is in the works, and you should see a doctor or visit an urgent care center immediately. Here are the most common allergy tests performed at urgent care facilities.

Blood Tests:

The objective of blood tests is to locate chemicals in the blood called antibodies, which get released when an allergy attack is underway.

WebMD says, “The most common type of blood test used is the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA, EIA). It measures the blood level of a type of antibody (called immunoglobulin E, or IgE) that the body may make in response to certain allergens. IgE levels are often higher in people who have allergies or asthma.”

Blood tests are no doubt an accurate way to determine whether or not you have a legitimate allergy. However, many prefer a less invasive and more affordable type of allergy test.

Skin Tests:

There are three main types of skin tests, and each is aimed at putting a small amount of a suspected allergen on the skin and observing the results. Skin prick tests require the allergen to be placed on the tip of the finger with a pin, intradermal tests inject it into the skin, and skin patch tests simply tape a pad with the solution to the skin. Whichever type you choose, all three are minimally invasive.

Ultimately, urgent care centers are a great place to get information about allergies. The urgent care movement began in the 1970s in the United States but has grown exponentially around the globe since then, and it’s continued to widen its scope of support as well. For more information about medical tests, contact AFC/Doctors Express.

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